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Rangers boss Gerrard says Liverpool defender Van Dijk should win Ballon d'Or

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard feels Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk should win the Ballon d'Or.

The gong will be awarded in Paris tonight.

Speaking after Rangers' 2-2 draw with Feyenoord on Thursday, Gerrard responded when asked by a Dutch reporter if Van Dijk should win: "Yes, 100 per cent.

"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.

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