sport news Virgil van Dijk already feels like a winner ahead of Ballon d'Or ceremony

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'There's going to be a winner but there are no losers': Virgil van Dijk admits he is relishing the moment after making the final shortlist for the Ballon d'Or Virgil van Dijk and Lionel Messi are set to battle it out for the 2019 Ballon d'Or  The duo are the hot favourites to win football's biggest individual honour  Van Dijk admits he already feels like a winner before the ceremony takes place  The award will be given in Paris on Monday in front of a star-studded audience

By Andy Hampson, Press Association

Published: 23:47 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 23:47 GMT, 1 December 2019

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Virgil Van Dijk already feels like a winner after being nominated for this year's Ballon d'Or.

The winner of the prestigious award for the world's best player will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is favourite to take the prize for a record sixth time but inspirational Liverpool defender Van Dijk is expected to provide strong competition.

Virgil Van Dijk already feels like a winner after being nominated for this year's Ballon d'Or

Virgil Van Dijk already feels like a winner after being nominated for this year's Ballon d'Or

Holland international Van Dijk, a cornerstone of Liverpool's Champions League success last season and UEFA Player of the Year, came second to Messi in the voting for FIFA World Player of the Year in September.

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