Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has backed Liverpool star, Virgil van Dijk to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Mourinho believes the Dutch defender deserves the top individual prize after winning the Premier League Best Player a few weeks ago.
The Portuguse also said that Van Dijk may need to win the UEFA Nations League to claim the 2019 Ballon d’Or.
Asked who should win the 2019 Ballon d’Or, Mourinho said on Russia Today:
“I think Van Dijk, why not a defender?
“He didn’t win the Premier League in spite of being the best player, or considered the best player, but if Holland manage to go to Portugal and win [the Nations League] – a small trophy, but a trophy – that can play [a role].”
Van Dijk won the Champions League with Liverpool on Saturday night at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.
Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi.