Virgil van Dijk may have missed out on winning the Ballon d’Or, but he should still feel proud of his second-place finish.
The Liverpool star finished behind Lionel Messi during Monday’s ceremony, as the Argentina scooped the prize for the sixth time.
Van Dijk gave a brilliant interview during the evening, in which he joked that Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t a rival to him for the award.
Numerous Ronaldo fans swiftly lost their heads, including Piers Morgan, and the Portuguese’s sister also got in on the act.
She posted a long-winded message on Instagram laying into Van Dijk, clearly missing the fact that the Dutchman was joking:
Virgil van Dijk has proper rattled Cristiano Ronaldo's sister after Messi won the Ballon d'Or 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/dDDEcPHC03
— mx (@LeooMessi10i) December 2, 2019
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Granted, Ronaldo’s sister was defending him in the way that siblings should, but how didn’t she see that Van Dijk’s comments were tongue-in-cheek?
Either way, the Juventus superstar wasn’t close to Van Dijk’s level in 2019 and shouldn’t have finished above Sadio Mane, too.