Messi Beats Van Dijk to Ballon d’Or while Alisson Earns Top Goalkeeper Honours

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Virgil van Dijk finished second in Ballon d’Or voting while Alisson Becker was named goalkeeper of the year. With Virgil van Dijk taking UEFA’s player of the year award and Lionel Messi capturing FIFA’s top individual honour, the stage was set for the Ballon d’Or to act the tiebreaker, and early leaks had the France Football overseen award going to Barcelona maestro Messi.
In the end, the leaks were right, with Messi just edging out Van Dijk, and given the numbers the Argentine put up last season it’s hard to argue against the choice—though it’s also hard to imagine what more a defender could have done to win it than Van Dijk.
Still, when the game’s greatest ever player puts up one of his best ever statistical seasons at the age of 32, one can at l...

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