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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

Another masterclass in one-day cricket: Sourav Ganguly hails Virat Kohli

first_imgAnother masterclass in one-day cricket: Sourav Ganguly hails Virat KohliVirat Kohli on Sunday overtook Sourav Ganguly to become India’s second highest run-scorer in one-day internationals as India beat West Indies in the 2nd ODI in Port of Spain.advertisement India Today Web Desk Port of SpainAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 11:55 IST Virat Kohli celebrates his 42nd ODI hundred during the 2nd ODI vs West Indies ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli surpassed Sourav Ganguly to become India’s 2nd highest run-scorer in ODIsSourav Ganguly amassed 11363 runs in 311 ODIs during his 15-year careerKohli went past Ganguly in his 238th match and is currently ranked 8th on the all-time listFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to praise Virat Kohli after the current skipper overtook him on the list of highest run-scorers for India in one-day internationals. Kohli is now ranked second behind Sachin Tendulkar for India in the 50-overs format.Kohli surpassed Ganguly during his knock of 120 in the second ODI against West Indies in Port of Spain. India rode on Kohli’s 42nd ODI hundred to post 279 for 7 after electing to bat first and then bowled the Windies out for 210 to win the rain-truncated match by 59 runs (DLS method).Sourav Ganguly amassed 11363 runs in 311 ODIs during his 15-year career for India. Kohli went past him in his 238th match and is currently ranked 8th on the all-time list of run-getters with 11406 runs at an average of 59.71, which is the highest for any batsman in the format. Sachin Tendulkar sits on the top of the batting charts with 18426 runs from 463 ODIs at 44.83 with 49 hundreds.”Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI.. what a player,” Ganguly tweeted on Sunday.Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI .. what a playerSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 11, 2019Kohli’s latest century came after a gap of five months. It was his 8th ODI hundred against the Windies and he broke Javed Miandad’s 26-year-old record of scoring the most runs against the two-time world champions in the 50-over format.Before the start of Sunday’s 2nd ODI, Kohli needed just 19 runs to surpass Miandad’s tally of 1930 runs. Kohli has needed just 34 matches to get to past Miandad’s tally. The Pakistan great had needed 64 matches to score 1930 runs against West Indies.advertisement”Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up,” Kohli said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.Kohli received great support from the returning Shreyas Iyer during the match with the duo stitching a 120-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Iyer, who made a comeback in the Indian ODI team, hit 71 off 68 balls. Kohli was all praise for Iyer at the post-match presentation.”He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure of me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well,” Kohli said.Also Read | From Virat Kohli’s expression you know he badly wanted to score a hundred: Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli ends 5-month hundred drought, becomes India’s 2nd highest run-getter in ODIsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Sourav GangulyFollow India VS West Indieslast_img read more