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  • David Tyrer

Van Dijk: 'Maybe the time has come to change it' on strikers winning Ballon d'Or

Having been asked repeatedly about his chances of winning the Ballon d'Or, you could forgive our big Virg from getting a tired of all the talk these days.

But he even takes repeated questions in his stride. 'Calm as you like', you might say! And the discussion is about him winning the greatest individual honour, after all.

In an interview with, Van Dijk was asked again about his chances of winning the award and how he feels about being included in the discussion about it. He said: "It's an honour if people are talking about it, but what can I do?

"I have no influence on anything. The people that have an influence on it, they have to decide who's going to win it.

"I can't deny that I've had a pretty good season last year, so the only thing I can do now is just focus on the new season, getting fit, stay fit and hopefully get an even better season than I had last year."

The one thing standing in Van Dijk's way, of course, is a little Argentinian called Lionel Messi. A man who has won the award half a dozen times already.

Perhaps more importantly though, he's a forward, a striker, a number nine/ten. Those are the players that usually win the award and Van Dijk reckons it may be time to change that.

When asked whether now was the time for that to change, he said: "Maybe now, I don't know.

"I can understand the fact that normally strikers or No.10s win these kind of awards because it's more attractive to see. But maybe the time has come to change it."

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