Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk is on the list of 30 nominated for the next France Football Ballon d'Or, in partnership with Franceinfo. He is one of the few defenders on this list. And frankly, in this year when neither Messi nor Ronaldo have won the Champions League, in this year when the previous Golden Ball, Luka Modric, has completely disappeared from the radar, this is the year or never to celebrate a defender. This has not happened since 2006 and the Italian Fabien Cannavaro, and still it was played at a ball near our national Zizou. Last year Raphaël Varane, world champion, winner of the Champions League, finished 7th. With arguments a bit phony: it lacks charisma, it does not score 50 goals per season, etc. Except that there, with van Dijk we hold a sacred customer.
It is the symbol of the renewal of Liverpool and the Netherlands. And it makes the public delirious. Decibel, singing, folklore, beer belly shirtless in the gallery by minus 12 degrees! Van Dijk, incidentally, is also the best player in the English league last year, and the best player of the last final of the Champions League. He won everything except the League of Nations, lost 1-0 with the Netherlands against Portugal. But we, the French, we know that when we lose 1-0 against Portugal, it is that the best is yet to come. You just have to wait a bit to raise a golden trophy, that's all the harm that we wish to Virgil van Dijk to save the honor of the defenders.