Virgil van Dijk shows his class in brilliant interview straight after missing out on Ballon d'Or

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Lionel Messi scooped his sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday night. 

The Argentine beat both Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to the coveted award - those two finished second and third respectively. 

It's a night that belongs Messi, there's no doubt about that.  

In fact, Ronaldo didn't bother to turn up to the ceremony in Paris. But Van Dijk was present and he showed his class by giving a brilliant interview after the result. 

"Unfortunately there are a couple of players like him [Messi] that are unnatural," the Liverpool defender said.

"He's fantastic, six times the Ballon D'Or [winner]. You need to respect greatness as well...I was close, but it was just someone who was a little bit better.

"I'm very proud of what I've achieved last year and hopefully we can do that again this year." 

As well as giving his congratulations to Messi, Van Dijk also revealed that he never even expected to be in the running for the Ballon d'Or.  

Van Dijk gave a classy interview after the Ballon d'Or result

"To be absolutely honest, I never thought I'd be up for Ballon D'Or until i was actually nominated and it says a lot of how my career has been, its never been easy. 

"My career is just different than the winner here, I came late but I never gave up my dreams and I had to work hard every step of the way. 

"Where I am right now is something I'm very proud of, and to be here has made me very proud and makes me want to work harder so I can be here next year."

What a class act.

Given how well Liverpool have been playing this season and how important the Dutch defender has been for them, it seems inevitable he'll be up for the Ballon d'Or again next year.

Van Dijk will no doubt be back again next year

Perhaps in 2020, it will be Messi giving a short speech about what it feels like to come second? 

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