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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has impressed during this season with his football. He helped the Reds to win the Champions League trophy, which they couldn’t do last year as they lost to Real Madrid.
The 27-year-old has also helped his national team to reach the Nations League final, however, there the Netherlands national team didn’t have a success as they lost 1-0 to Portugal.
And after his successful season, van Dijk is among the favorites to win the Ballon d’Or.
However, former Netherlands national team star Ruud Gullit thinks that if the defender wants to win Ballon d’Or than he must improve his displays for the Dutch national team.
Speaking about Van Dijk at the Costa Smeralda Invitational golf event, Gullit said: “I think he did really, really well, especially with Liverpool. I think that he was the missing link for them. For the national team I still think he needs to be better than that. Not him only, but also [Matthijs] De Ligt because out of the last 14 games, 10 games we’ve been 1-0 down. If you have such a good defence you don’t need to concede these goals all the time.”
“It has to do with the whole team of course,” continued Gullit. “It is something that he has to fix. Not he himself but the whole defence, with the whole team, in order to be that player. Of course, defenders have not been picked a lot. Baresi should have been picked but never was. So therefore it would be a huge boost for him if he gets picked.”