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Virgil van Dijk has responded to being made favourite for the World Player of the Year award, known as the Ballon d’Or.
The Ballon d’Or is the ultimate individual award in football and it remains the dream of most players to get the award. European success usually acts as the key factor in determining the Ballon d’Or winner.
In an interview with Liverpool TV the Dutch international was humbled by the talk of him winning the coveted Ballon d’Or, but concedes he has no control over it.
“It’s an honour if people are talking about it, but what can I do? I have no influence on anything,” said Van Dijk. “The people that have an influence on it, they have to decide who’s going to win it.
“I can’t deny that I’ve had a pretty good season last year, so the only thing I can do now is just focus on the new season, getting fit, stay fit and hopefully get an even better season than I had last year.”