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Virgil van Dijk brands Ballon d'Or rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo 'unnatural'

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The video will start in 8 Cancel Virgil van Dijk branded Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo "unnatural" after he was pipped to the Ballon d'Or award.

"It was an amazing year, but there's a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural," said Van Dijk, of Messi and Ronaldo.

Barcelona forward Messi has now won the award a record six times, one ahead of rival Ronaldo, while van Dijk was on the podium for the first time.

Accepting his record-winning award, Messi said: “Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers.

Liverpool's Dutch defender finished runner-up for the prize, sandwiched between winner Messi and third-placed Ronaldo .

The Brazilian stopper also ranked seventh in the overall rankings for the Ballon d'Or, behind Kylian Mbappe in sixth, and ahead of Robert Lewandowski (eighth), Bernardo Silva (ninth) and Riyad Mahrez (10th).

His Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane (fourth) and Mohamed Salah (fifth) made up the top five, but van Dijk admitted there were two players who were in a league of their own.
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