Virgil van Dijk is one of seven Liverpool players on the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, with the UEFA Champions League winners dominating the nominations for France Football magazine’s prestigious award.
The Dutch centreback’s club teammates Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Alisson Becker are also on the list, along with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, and Sergio Aguero.
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who have won the award 10 times between them, are included, but Messi’s former teammate Neymar, who now plays for Paris Saint Germain, missed out.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made the cut, but there was no room for their teammate Harry Kane, while Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was another high-profile omission.
On the other hand, Luka Modric became the first player in history not to be present in the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or after winning the award in the previous year.
Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk; Roberto Firmino; Alisson; Georginio Wijnaldum; Trent Alexander-Arnold; Sadio Mane; Mohammed Salah
Manchester City: Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez; Kevin de Bruyne; Raheem Sterling; Sergio Aguero
Tottenham Hotspur: Son Heung-min; Hugo Lloris
Barcelona: Lionel Messi; Antoine Griezmann; Frenkie de Jong; Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Real Madrid: Eden Hazard; Karim Benzema
Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo; Matthijs de Ligt
Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski
Ajax Amsterdam: Dusan Tadic; Donny van de Beek
Paris Saint Germain: Kylian Mbappe; Marquinhos
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Napoli: Kalidou Koulibaly
Atletico Madrid: Joao Felix