Why Lionel Messi deserved to win the Ballon d'Or over Virgil van Dijk | ESPN FC

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  • Rosario Nunez
    Rosario Nunez  11 hours back

    He only plays well with Barcelona outside of that “nada”

    • Abu Mansaray
      Abu Mansaray  12 hours back

      lol, Ronald's states were better last season than Mess's states this season🤔

      • Gordon Owens
        Gordon Owens  12 hours back

        Mani was ranked 4th?!! Mani should have won, he never gives up makes incredible goals, involves his teammates to win games. Messi is not a clutch player and his time has past.

        • Jayden Jones
          Jayden Jones  13 hours back

          If were being honest messi should have 7 and Ronaldo should have 3
          Messi should have won it in 2012/13 (not Ribéry and definitely not Ronaldo) Ribéry had 11 goals 24 assists and yes he won the champions league but he had 1 goal and 5 assists, Ronaldo had 55 goals 12 assists in 55 games 0 trophies, Messi had 60 goals 15 assists in 50 games and a domestic double. Suarez should have won it in 2015/16 he had 59 goals 22 assists in 58 games with a domestic double Ronaldo had 51 goals 15 assists and the champions league as well as the euros however he didn’t have major contributions in the KO stage so that one is debatable but I’d give it to Suárez. and in 2018 it shouldn’t have been Modrić but it also shouldn’t have been Ronaldo, Mbappe should have won it he had 21 goals 15 assists and won the World Cup. Should be messi 7 Ronaldo 3 but the media wants to create the rivalry so I get it.

          • Shauka Hodan
            Shauka Hodan  6 hours back

            Stevie is "worldwide liverpool fans in a nutshell".

        • Brian Payne Jr
          Brian Payne Jr  17 hours back

          5:05 will forever be spoken, you cannot deny the facts and stats he has put up throughout his career. CR7 is a phenomenal player and athlete but there is only 1 GOAT

          • Shauka Hodan
            Shauka Hodan  6 hours back

            somehow Barça even would have lost with less goals than 4 (where Barça would have won in aggregate) against Liverpool then we wouldn't be having this conversation.

        • Emmanuel Alagbala
          Emmanuel Alagbala  17 hours back

          What more should Van Dijk have done to help Liverpool or The Netherlands? Everyone is comparing Van Dijk as an attacker to Messi as an attacker instead of Van Dijk as a defender to Messi as an attacker.

          • Sniper Headshot
            Sniper Headshot  18 hours back

            Scoring 50 goals in a season in normal for Messi but a lifetime dream hard to realize for most of the players...

            • okow tina
              okow tina  15 hours back

              Messi definitely carried Barca but Liverpool improves immensely once VVD entered that club

          • faisikv faisikv
            faisikv faisikv  19 hours back

            Messi is the best football history ever ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

            • John Adan
              John Adan  19 hours back

              Good for him

              • okow tina
                okow tina  15 hours back

                In this guy had ...if Barca is wining..is because of Messi...if is loosing..is ...because of......Liverpool 😂😂😂😂😂

            • Future Gaming
              Future Gaming  19 hours back

              Messi does not deserve it virgil did better

              • RichieBRZ16
                RichieBRZ16  19 hours back

                Of the top 7 players voted 4 of them are Liverpool players. Van Dyk is great but he has way more help than Messi. Messi is clearly the best also most valuable. End of story.

                • Thapelo Kgoadi
                  Thapelo Kgoadi  19 hours back

                  Still not the greatest in my opinions put the oldies in this time they match or even better his records,one that comes to mind is Eusebio,in my opinion he should be in the GOAT conversation.

                  • Priestc12345
                    Priestc12345  20 hours back

                    It’s painful listening to Ale

                    • mixio hili
                      mixio hili  20 hours back

                      You are the best

                      • ntahla gaming
                        ntahla gaming  22 hours back

                        van Dijk quite poor this season and Ronaldo slumped badly.
                        Messi deserved it more than any other player this year

                        • Pt Bot
                          Pt Bot  22 hours back

                          Then explain how Luca Modric won the Ballon D'or last year. Messi put up practically the same goal and assist stats. Won the La Liga. All just like THIS year. But why did he not deserve Ballon D'or last year too. Modric wasn't even the one to carry RM. RM still had ronaldo, and even Bale, who contributed to their CL win. If we're gonna give Ballon D'or to the player with best stats, only messi and ronaldo should win them in the past 10 years.

                          if you look at barca and liverpool roster last year, then you can;t say Barca is deficient. Their players just didnt play to their full potential. Meanwhile, VVD transformed Liverpool entire defence and lifted the whole team's performance. He made Joe Gomez, Matip, Loven into world class defender. His solid defence gave platform to the workman midfield with the like of Hendo, Gini, Milner to play so well.

                          What did Messi do to lift his fellow player?

                          • mixio hili
                            mixio hili  20 hours back

                            lool so funny,i thought only champions league winners win the balon d 'or. so funny ronaldo was top goal scorer in 2017/18 season and helped madrid win their hatrick but di

                        • Tao of Paul
                          Tao of Paul  23 hours back

                          There is no criteria so everyone’s right

                          • Guillermo Fernandez
                            Guillermo Fernandez  23 hours back

                            These people swear that Messi’s team isn’t surrounded by some of the best players in the world 😂 *specifically picked at their best moments to play with him*

                            • Shiyam Khaled Chowdhury
                              Shiyam Khaled Chowdhury  24 hours back

                              Agreed. He carried them both in LaLiga(top scorer) and UCL(top scorer. You can't judge him by just 90 min of 2nd leg, not to mention how good he was in the 1st leg. If somehow Barça even would have lost with less goals than 4 (where Barça would have won in aggregate) against Liverpool then we wouldn't be having this conversation.

                              • Shauka Hodan
                                Shauka Hodan  1 days back

                                Stevie is "worldwide liverpool fans in a nutshell".

                                • John Cornell
                                  John Cornell  1 days back

                                  Messi doesn't seem to turn up in the big CL away knockout games. Mediocre at Liverpool in 2019, mediocre at Roma in 2018, mediocre at PSG and Juventus in 2017 and mediocre at Atletico on 2016.
                                  I see a pattern.
                                  Even Van Dijk scored more CL knockout away goals last season.........and he's a defender.

                                  • Joao Flores
                                    Joao Flores  1 days back

                                    Ronaldo was rob last year

                                    • Shauka Hodan
                                      Shauka Hodan  1 days back

                                      one or no defense could stop him. Watch, Dijk can’t dominate 5 or 10 years from now.

                                  • Bogdy Bogdy
                                    Bogdy Bogdy  1 days back

                                    In this guy had ...if Barca is wining..is because of Messi...if is loosing..is ...because of......Liverpool 😂😂😂😂😂

                                    • Jason Caruana
                                      Jason Caruana  1 days back

                                      Messi definitely carried Barca but Liverpool improves immensely once VVD entered that club

                                      • John Cornell
                                        John Cornell  22 hours back

                                        @Jason Caruana
                                        Indeed. Barca had Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol (World and European Champions with Spain). We see that Barcelona haven't won the CL again since the days of Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol. I don't know why some people seem to insist only Messi turned Barcelona into such a great team.
                                        Liverpool hadn't reached a CL final for 12 years. 4 months after Van Dijk joined, they did. Then they won it the following year.

                                      • Jason Caruana
                                        Jason Caruana  1 days back

                                        John Cornell agree during the past 15 years Barca would still have won a champions league and definitely a few league titles without him, Liverpool well we are seeing what they have become with VVD on defence

                                      • John Cornell
                                        John Cornell  1 days back

                                        Yep. The difference is staggering. Barcelona were already Champions League winners in 2006 before Messi had an impact.

                                    • Mohammed Bazil
                                      Mohammed Bazil  1 days back

                                      If any one can stop messi10 its only cr7 (i know last year luka won)

                                      • Tauqeer Ahmad
                                        Tauqeer Ahmad  1 days back

                                        Goood video

                                        • david padilla
                                          david padilla  1 days back

                                          The question should be why he didn't deserve to win the trophy over van dijk i will answer that with 3 words he got robbed yes van dijk got robbed messy had no business winning that trophy he didnt do much of anything for his club or his national team but van dijk won the champions league and i think he was the top scorer in that competition fifa got it wrong just because your messy or ronaldo diesnt mean you automatic win it and excluding the other top players that won more tgan this 2 it was rigged tgey wanted messy to win it no matter if you didnt win tge champions shame on the organizers of this award they gave that ballon de or to the wrong player shame on them messy didnt do enough to win it messy and barcelona fail to go the finals and liverpoil deserve to win it that's why this award was rigged van dijk beat messy and barcelona to get to the champions final and win it shame on them van dijk got robbed big time please do the right thing messy give that trophy back to van dijk the player that deserve to win it !! What a shame!!

                                          • John Cornell
                                            John Cornell  1 days back

                                            Too many people voted for other Liverpool players like Mane. Van Dijk only missed out by 7 votes, sadly.

                                        • okow tina
                                          okow tina  1 days back

                                          Alisson has more to do with the CL title than VVD.

                                          • cristiano Alves
                                            cristiano Alves  1 days back

                                            Moreno will never stop riding messi wagons

                                            • Klopp AllTheWay
                                              Klopp AllTheWay  1 days back

                                              I got only 2 questions, where was Messi when Barca needed only one goal to reach the final? And where was VVD when Liverpool need 4 goals and a clean sheet?

                                              • Klopp AllTheWay
                                                Klopp AllTheWay  21 hours back

                                                John Cornell those people r clueless. Messi won because they used to vote for him, not as he was the best player last season.

                                              • John Cornell
                                                John Cornell  1 days back

                                                Indeed.

                                            • Eternity Derek Drums
                                              Eternity Derek Drums  1 days back

                                              lol messi carried barcelona to were??? lol to always losing either in the quater finals or the semifinals?? lol look what happened to madrid when ronaldo left, you guys are so hypocritic and ronaldo haters, you robed him and you are not fair at all

                                              • okow tina
                                                okow tina  1 days back

                                                Messi has been better before, but even van Dijk would vote for him now. I'm glad Messi will now likely end up ahead of Cristiano in terms of number of Ballons d'Or won when

                                            • Eternity Derek Drums
                                              Eternity Derek Drums  1 days back

                                              lool so funny,i thought only champions league winners win the balon d 'or. so funny ronaldo was top goal scorer in 2017/18 season and helped madrid win their hatrick but didn't get the balon, now messi aint never won no champions league in years now, but he wins??? i have no words for this kind of corruption, messi won but it doesn't change anything, ronaldo won his sixth balon d 'or already wether you gave him or not. why didn't van dyk win?

                                              • John Cornell
                                                John Cornell  1 days back

                                                No, only Barcelona and Madrid players win this award is more like it.

                                            • Ben Shoshani
                                              Ben Shoshani  1 days back

                                              definitely Messi - after all he won a non-competitive league, scored less than Lewa, had the same per game stats as Mbappe, failed with Argentina, failed in the UCL, failed in the cup finals, Barca would have won the league without him.
                                              and Van Dijk? - finished a season without being dribbled by, was a major factor in his team having the 2nd highest amount of points in Europe(10 over barca), won the UCL after winning Barca, won the Super Cup

                                              definitely, Messi deserves it he scored way more goals than Van Dijk and the reason he really got is that he has way way more youtube highlights videos and Instagram followers. if it was based on football and common sense Messi would have been around 5th but its a prom queen contest and Messi is the most popular girl in school

                                              • John Cornell
                                                John Cornell  1 days back

                                                Messi doesn't seem to turn up in the big CL away knockout games. Mediocre at Liverpool in 2019, mediocre at Roma in 2018, mediocre at PSG and Juventus in 2017 and mediocre at Atletico on 2016.
                                                I see a pattern.
                                                Even Van Dijk scored more CL knockout away goals last season.........and he's a defender.

                                            • Ben Shoshani
                                              Ben Shoshani  1 days back

                                              saw the stupid name for the video, clicked and then saw stupid Moreno... all makes sense now.
                                              you remove Messi from Barca and they still win La Liga. in 20 years i wont say remember Messi in 18/19, ill say remember that season no one got passed Va Dijk? that was as amazing as 90 calendar year goals. Messi shouldnt have been even top 3 for last season. only groupies can agree with this

                                              • Ashraf Zaman
                                                Ashraf Zaman  2 days back

                                                *Behind Van Dijk, this years best GK Allisson was there*
                                                Both had an enormous contribution on winning CL. Messi had no one backing him up. He dragged Barca from a shameful season. He dragged them to a LaLiga title AND to a freaking semi-final of champions league. For me, that's why Leo deserved it the most.

                                                • Ashraf Zaman
                                                  Ashraf Zaman  1 days back

                                                  @John Cornell how many CL titles Dijk got again? You call messi mediocre? Sure mate, good talk.

                                                • John Cornell
                                                  John Cornell  1 days back

                                                  @Ashraf Zaman
                                                  Messi doesn't seem to turn up in the big CL away knockout games. Mediocre at Liverpool in 2019, mediocre at Roma in 2018, mediocre at PSG and Juventus in 2017 and mediocre at Atletico on 2016.
                                                  I see a pattern.
                                                  Even Van Dijk scored more CL knockout away goals last season.........and he's a defender.

                                                • John Cornell
                                                  John Cornell  1 days back

                                                  @Ashraf Zaman
                                                  Since when does Van Dijk play with his hands? He's an outfield player. Allison is not. NOBODY dribbled past Van Dijk last season. NOBODY. That is astonishing.

                                                • John Cornell
                                                  John Cornell  1 days back

                                                  @Ashraf Zaman
                                                  But you literally said "no one" backing him up. Suarez got 25 goals last season and as I said, he actually put Barcelona in front against Liverpool.
                                                  Peace.

                                                • Ashraf Zaman
                                                  Ashraf Zaman  1 days back

                                                  @John Cornell and do you see Suarez as *best* striker last season? Alisson won the best GK last season. I hope you get my point. That's my pov. If you don't agree with it, that's fine. Everyone has their own opinions. So peace.

                                              • Debbie Ryles
                                                Debbie Ryles  2 days back

                                                Messi won it because nobody comes close

                                                • Muu Hoang
                                                  Muu Hoang  2 days back

                                                  ...and some of these guys are professional analysts! Messi is great because he is the most watched and studied footballer by players and coaches years over years and still no one or no defense could stop him. Watch, Dijk can’t dominate 5 or 10 years from now.

                                                  • The Wall Cometh
                                                    The Wall Cometh  2 days back

                                                    After 3, they should be made ineligible. Ronaldo, Messi, whoever...drop 'em after 3 Ballon's.

                                                    • michael reader
                                                      michael reader  2 days back

                                                      Ronaldo did more last year, deserved 6 as well and everyone will forget because of Perez

                                                      • Mauro Villarreal
                                                        Mauro Villarreal  2 days back

                                                        Wow! La Liga > Champions 😒...
                                                        ??????

                                                        • Dep Vo
                                                          Dep Vo  2 days back

                                                          Watch cr7 going to win ballon d'or next year....haters will hate

                                                          • yroohj gouy
                                                            yroohj gouy  2 days back

                                                            Imagine saying vvd makes more of a difference at Liverpool then Messi does at Barcelona

                                                            • John Cornell
                                                              John Cornell  1 days back

                                                              Barcelona were already Champions League winners in 2006 before Messi started having an impact there.
                                                              Liverpool hadn't got to the final for 12 years before Van Dijk arrived. 4 months later they got to the final then won it the following year.

                                                          • Tauqeer Ahmad
                                                            Tauqeer Ahmad  2 days back

                                                            Alisson made difference in Liverpool and we all know that after Karius blunder in Kiev final

                                                            • Fabrisio Gomez
                                                              Fabrisio Gomez  2 days back

                                                              Messi-2019 + Marketing = Van Dijk

                                                              • TeeMurk
                                                                TeeMurk  2 days back

                                                                Basketball terms please?

                                                                • yroohj gouy
                                                                  yroohj gouy  2 days back

                                                                  Meanwhile ESPN UK say the inverse. These guys are such clods.

                                                              • Ssebunya Humphrey
                                                                Ssebunya Humphrey  2 days back

                                                                Carried Barcelona to where

                                                                • y1521t21b5
                                                                  y1521t21b5  2 days back

                                                                  Messi has been better before, but even van Dijk would vote for him now. I'm glad Messi will now likely end up ahead of Cristiano in terms of number of Ballons d'Or won when both retire. Massive credit to those that cast their votes as they gave van Dijk the due credit that saw him fall just 7 points shy of the G.O.A.T. footballer's total. For a defender, that's ridiculous! Onward and upward, van Dijk: now show you can sustain the insane levels of excellence over a number of years.

                                                                  • crispy_jc
                                                                    crispy_jc  2 days back

                                                                    I love how Steve Nicol goes from thinking Messi is nowhere near as important to his team as van Dijk and then minutes later says that we don't appreciate Messi enough...


                                                                    What a dumb hypocrite