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Van Dijk overcomes Messi in the race to win the Golden Ball

Van Dijk overcomes Messi in the race to win the Golden Ball

The Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk is the number one candidate after Argentina stopped at the 2019 Copa America semi-final.

Van Dijk is able to increase his odds to 4/6 (place 6 to get 4). Lionel Messi is second with a rate of 6/5 and Cristiano Ronaldo third (12/1).

Virgil Van Dijk joined Liverpool in January 2018 with a record midfielder's price of $ 99 million. The 27-year-old star plays an important role in helping Liverpool win the Champions League, as well as competing in the Premier League with 21 clean sheets.

At the end of last season, Van Dijk was honored with the Best Player of the Year award by the British Players Association. This is the first time a center-back has won the title since John Terry in 2005.

Before the Copa America started, Messi was still rated for the Golden Ball title. This was a successful personal season when he scored 51 goals in 50 games in all competitions for Barca, helped the team to win La Liga, enter the King's Cup final and the Champions League semi-final. However, Messi did not impress when returning to Argentina to attend Copa America.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the Serie A title with Juventus and Nations League with Portugal but the 1 to 12 odds showed that the dealer did not appreciate the possibility that the 34-year-old striker was honored in September.

Among the competing candidates, Van Dijk may face teammates at Liverpool. If Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah are crowned at the African Championship or Alisson Becker and Brazil win the final of Copa America, then the odds will vary greatly.