What Van Dijk said after Messi beat him and Ronaldo to Best FIFA Men’s Player

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Virgil van Dijk Liverpool has no reason to panic

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk said he was very proud to have reached the stage of being counted one of the most voted for candidates for this year’s Best FIFA Men’s Player award but insisted he cannot be compared to Lionel Messi, dismissing any suggestions he was disappointed not to win.

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Van Dijk finished second to Barcelona superstar Messi for the prize on Monday, with Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo third.

The centre-back said there was no way he could be compared to Messi, who scored 51 goals in all competitions in 2018-19.

“The people who vote made a decision and you have to accept it,” Van Dijk told reporters.

“That’s just the case and as players you can’t compare me and Messi because it’s totally different.

“I’m very proud to be here.”

Van Dijk helped Liverpool win the Champions League last season, while they fell just short to Manchester City despite an incredible Premier League campaign.

But while the Netherlands international, named in the FIFA World XI, missed out on the Best FIFA Men’s Player award to Messi, he said there was no disappointment.

Read also: FIFA Best Award: Messi Voted For Ronaldo, But Juventus Star Refused To Do Same

“Disappointed? You can’t be disappointed,” he said.

“I’m just very happy to be here, to be in the team of the year, after the hard work and the good work we put in last year.

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“Today, I unfortunately didn’t win but I’m not disappointed.”

Liverpool face MK Dons in the EFL Cup on Wednesday before visiting Sheffield United in the Premier League three days later.

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