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‘Forget Messi, give Van Dijk the Ballon d’Or’

first_imgVirgil van Dijk deserves to beat Lionel Messi to Ballon d’Or glory, according to Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.Dutch defensive colossus Van Dijk drove Liverpool to Champions League glory, making key contributions at both ends of the pitch in a run which culminated in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid.And Koeman believes the former Celtic and Southampton man should be recognised for his inspirational role when football’s top individual awards are handed out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the player prizes over the last decade, but Luka Modric disrupted that duopoly when his efforts for Croatia at last year’s World Cup were recognised in December.Koeman says Van Dijk would be a worthy successor as holder of the Ballon d’Or, even if he does not necessarily rate him as the world’s finest player.”He deserves to win the Ballon d’Or,” Koeman said on Monday.”It’s usually handed to players who make or create decisive goals, but if there ever is a time to give it to a defender, it is now.”No-one has completed a dribble past @VirgilvDijk in any of his last 64 appearances for us.BIG VIRG. pic.twitter.com/tiSeYTH4po— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 3, 2019Koeman was speaking in a YouTube question and answer session organised by the Dutch football federation.”In my opinion Messi is the best player,” Koeman said, “but I also think you should win big trophies with your team to be a contestant.”Van Dijk played down his own chances of landing the award following the Tottenham game, saying that Messi “deserves it as long as he plays”.Messi can point to winning another La Liga title with Barcelona, but the Catalans were beaten in the Copa del Rey final by Valencia and folded 4-0 at Anfield in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, squandering their 3-0 Camp Nou advantage.Koeman would love to field Van Dijk and fellow Liverpool man Georginio Wijnaldum in Thursday’s UEFA Nations League semi-final against England.Liverpool’s post-Madrid celebrations took place on Sunday, leaving their players free to disperse for international duty.Reds players could line up in opposition this week, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson among England’s squad.Ahead of the match in Portugal, Koeman said of Van Dijk and Wijnaldum: “On Tuesday we will drink a cup of coffee and we’ll talk about it. But if it’s only up to me, they’ll play. That’s obvious.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

M50N11 at a standstill after crash

first_img Dublin N11 Southbound remains closed from loughlinstown roundabout due to earlier collision— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) July 30, 2014 A MAJOR PART of the M50 has been reduced to one lane after a crash.Gardaí are on scene at the crash, which occurred near the Shankill by-pass just before the Loughlinstown roundabout earlier today.Gardaí have closed the road to one lane as they attempt to clear the damage from the area.It is not yet known if there are any injuries or how many cars were involved. @M50Dublin N11 southbound at a standstill at M50 junction Garda closed road around Cherrywood. Diversion through Shankill.— Maureen O’Brien (@gingerspiceOB) July 30, 2014 Source: An Garda Síochána/Twittercenter_img Gardaí say that they are unsure how long the road will remain closed for.Read: Spillage of fruit preserves causes literal traffic jam Source: Maureen O’Brien/Twitterlast_img read more