The gong will be awarded in Paris tonight.
"I'm (Lionel) Messi's No 1 fan, for sure. I love the player. Obscene numbers in his game in terms of assists and goals. I'm definitely a Messi fan, in the gang.
"But if you talk about consistency from one player over a year, who wins the European Cup and is absolutely faultless in every performance, that means you deserve to win the Ballon d'Or."
Van Dijk, the UEFA men's player of the year, has a strong case for pipping Leo Messi to the gong, having helped turn Liverpool into the continent's outstanding team and winning the Champions League.