Messi the best but Van Dijk deserves Ballon d'Or ― Klopp

Leicester are eight points behind league leaders Liverpool

Leicester are eight points behind league leaders Liverpool

Mané, Salah or Van Djik deserve it.

The Dutch global also won his fair share of individual awards following his exceptional season, as he was named PFA's Players' Player of the Year, the Premier League Player of the season, UEFA's Player of the Year and the UEFA Defender of the Year, to name a few.

As of now, Mane and Van Dijk have a great claim over the award considering their recent performances in the Premier League and Champions League triumph last season, but Messi's incredible stats last season makes a strong case for him.

"I'll give it to a Liverpool player", Hazard told Le Parisien. If Sadio had won AFCON with Senegal, there would have been no debate. Or Momo, who is a friend of mine.

The Ballon d'Or will be contested on Monday, December 2, during a glitzy ceremony in Paris.

France global Mbappe was fourth in the shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or and won the Kopa Trophy, presented to the best-performing player under the age of 21.

Liverpool's Champions League winners Mohamed Salah, Alisson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino are also on the shortlist but their manager says Van Dijk is the worthiest recipient. He also mentioned that if there was a trophy for the best player of this generation, Barcelona's star Lionel Messi would win it hands down. "So, I don't know how it will work, but that's how I see it", he added. It is the joint most number of times that a player has won the title - a record he holds with long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

With the gala set to be organized soon, it remains to be seen who bags the award by the end of the night in France.

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