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Sport Ballon d'Or: Van Dijk one of seven Liverpool players in running for top award

05:00  22 october  2019
05:00  22 october  2019 Source:   goal.com

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Can Virgil van Dijk become the first Ballon d ' Or winning defender since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006? The other Liverpool players in contention. Alisson did not concede a goal from open play in the Despite Ajax's swashbuckling run to the Champions League semi-finals, none of their players are

Liverpool ’s Champions League winners dominate the nominations for the Ballon d ’ Or after seven of Jürgen Klopp’s men were included on the 30-man shortlist. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defenders Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and strikers Mohamed Salah

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Virgil van Dijk is been joined by six Liverpool team-mates in the 30-man shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d'Or, while Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are also present.

Van Dijk played a vital role as Liverpool won the 2018-19 Champions League, producing several standout performances at the heart of Jurgen Klopp's defence en route to the title, making him one of the favourites for major individual awards.

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Virgil van Dijk and Alisson lead a seven -strong group of Liverpool players named among the 30 shortlisted nominees for the Ballon d ’ Or award for 2019. In addition to the main award , Alisson is also named on a 10-man goalkeeper shortlist for the Yachine Trophy. The Ballon d ’ Or , which is

Liverpool ’s Champions League winners dominate the nominations for the Ballon d ’ Or after seven Maybe the key piece in their Champions League run , 47 goals and 34 assists since the start of last The centre-back played every league game and lifted a formidable side like no few other players in

He was pipped to The Best FIFA Men's Player award by Barcelona star Messi, who will surely be Van Dijk's biggest competition for the Ballon d'Or having inspired a Barca side many consider underwhelming to the league title.

Fellow Reds stars Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Alisson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino all join Van Dijk on the list.

Ajax captured the imagination of neutrals in Europe's elite competition last term, reaching the semi-finals in stunning fashion before dramatically going out to Tottenham, and a couple of players from the Amsterdam's club are nominated.

Virgil van Dijk lifts Champions League trophy© Getty Images Virgil van Dijk lifts Champions League trophy

Donny van de Beek and Dusan Tadic are in the running, while Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt - who have since moved on to Barcelona and Juventus respectively - are also included.

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Van Dijk has been the Premier League’s best defender since joining Liverpool , helping Jurgen Klopp’s side reach 97 points this The all-time Portuguese top goal scorer netted a spectacular hat-trick against Switzerland in the semi-finals on Wednesday night and Fonte believes if there is any player in

Six Liverpool players were among the first 20 names revealed on the Ballon d ' Or shortlist by France Football on Monday evening. Sadio Mane was one of the nominees announced early in the prolonged process

Elsewhere, Premier League champions Manchester City are represented by Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero

Tottenham's Son Heung-min and Hugo Lloris are included from the losing Champions League finalists' ranks, but there is no place for Harry Kane or Christian Eriksen.

Last year's winner Luka Modric also misses out following a below-par year for Real Madrid, as does Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.

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Meanwhile, De Ligt is one of 10 youngsters nominated for the Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best performing player under the age of 21.

Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho is listed for the prestigious accolade and Joao Felix - signed by Atletico Madrid from Benfica for €126m ($AU204) earlier this year - is also in contention.

Four contenders for the Yachine Trophy ply their trade in the Premier League, with Alisson, Ederson, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Lloris included on the 10-man shortlist.

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Van Dijk has been the Premier League’s best defender since joining Liverpool , helping Jurgen Klopp’s side reach 97 points this The all-time Portuguese top goal scorer netted a spectacular hat-trick against Switzerland in the semi-finals on Wednesday night and Fonte believes if there is any player in

Virgil van Dijk and Lionel Messi are among the favourites to succeed Luka Modric as the game's The Croat is not currently in the running for the gongs this year, with Liverpool centre-back Virgil van In 2018, the organisers moved to incorporate the first Ballon d ’ Or Feminin for the best female player in

The likes of Jan Oblak and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are also battling it out to win the new award, which is handed to the best goalkeeper of the past 12 months.

Full list of Ballon d'Or nominees:

Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Alisson (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Mohammed Salah (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris St-Germain), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid).

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