Piers Morgan is known for being someone who likes to create a storm, often in order to boost his own profile.
The presenter isn’t often successful in that respect, however, and Virgil van Dijk is the latest person to be involved in a spat with him.
The Dutchman missed out on Ballon d’Or glory to Lionel Messi on Monday evening, but his second-place finish was still commendable.
Van Dijk joked earlier in the night that Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t a rival for the award, with the Portuguese legend eventually finishing third.
Morgan became bizarrely offended by the Liverpool star’s comments – he loves Ronaldo now that he’s interviewed him! – criticising him on Twitter.
Van Dijk produced a measured response, however, shutting down Morgan and speaking of his respect for Ronaldo:
Hi Piers, If you don’t jump on the social media bandwagon and would listen to the whole interview then you would know I made a joke, and only got respect for those 2 😀
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) December 2, 2019
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This sums up the class that Van Dijk carries himself with, not getting into a slanging match and essentially being the bigger man.
All Morgan wanted was to get into a war of words, hoping that his fake anger at the situation would make endless headlines.
Van Dijk is too clever to fall for that nonsense.