Virgil Van Dijk responds to Ballon d’Or speculation after being crowned PFA Player of the Year

Virgil Van Dijk was crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday (Getty Images)

Virgil Van Dijk has dismissed speculation that he could be in the running for the 2019 Ballon d’Or by insisting he is competing against footballers who are ‘out of this world’.

The 27-year-old has been recognised for his sensational season with Liverpool by being named in the PFA Team of the Year and winning the PFA Player of the Year award.

Liverpool are still battling it out with Manchester City for the Premier League title with two games remaining while Barcelona stand in their way of reaching a second successive Champions League final.

Should Liverpool win both or either of those trophies in the coming weeks, Van Dijk will have a stronger claim than most to winning the Ballon d’Or, however, the Dutchman is adamant that it is not something he has considered.

Van Dijk has started all 36 of Liverpool’s Premier League matches this season (Getty Images)

When asked about the possibility of winning the Ballon d’Or, Van Dijk responded: ‘Nah, that’s not something that’s on my mind at all.

‘There are currently players walking around in this football world that are out of this world basically and they’ve been doing it for many years.

‘I’m very happy how I perform at the moment, how consistent I’m performing, that I’m fit as well. I think I just need to not look too far ahead.’

He added: ‘Right now we’re in a tight title race, in the Champions League semi-finals against a fantastic team, where probably the best players are playing so we just take it game by game.

‘For us now it’s time to focus on Barcelona midweek and then we have a big game at Newcastle away as well so I won’t look too far ahead and the only goals I will set are personal goals with Liverpool.’


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