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

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  • Published on Dec 2, 2019
  • ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Steve Nicol and Julien Laurens react to Lionel Messi's sixth Ballon d'Or triumph. The guys examine how Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk's seasons for Barcelona and Liverpool compare. Moreno and Laurens argue that Messi was most deserving of the award for "the way he's carried Barca." Nicol contends that Messi may be the best player in the world, but Van Dijk had a better 12 months.
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  • VeNoN
    VeNoN 16 days ago

    He deserved he was fucking lucky

  • Dimitar Dimitrov
    Dimitar Dimitrov 24 days ago

    Messi is the greatest ever!!!!

  • Veddi inspires
    Veddi inspires 25 days ago

    For me, Messi and Barcelona means the same thing. You can use both words interchangeable. I can't wait to see what they would do without him.

  • Sam Oso
    Sam Oso Month ago

    The award should go to they most influential player. Like it used to before 2010. Now it’s just about who scores the most goals

  • Philipos Brooks
    Philipos Brooks Month ago

    Virgil Van Dijk who has won the CL and proven to be the best defender in the world during the calendar year loses to Messi. Alisson Becker who has the same accolades for Liverpool but from a keeper’s standpoint wasn’t even in the top 3. Congratulations to Messi a world class player no doubt but winner of this year’s Ballon d’or? I disagree. You all complain about how corrupt Fifa is, but when the same criminal organization award Messi with the Ballon D’ Or none of the Messi/Barcelona fans questions it.

  • Ture Abdella
    Ture Abdella Month ago

    The best team wins the World Cup and champions league. A lot of guys need to relies that.

  • ধান শালিকের দেশে

    Some people always criticism, It’s no Matter Messi is the best forever.

  • Dhiraj Deshpande
    Dhiraj Deshpande Month ago

    Based on Stevies logic he is saying Dijk deserves it cause he has made more impact on his team than messi. What a joke. Remove Messi from this team and see how Barca falls😂.

  • pharoah P
    pharoah P Month ago

    What about sadio mane.Mane is the team player not vvd😈

  • Antoine Aketch
    Antoine Aketch Month ago

    You guys have to agree with Ale

  • Karl Fulton
    Karl Fulton Month ago

    I'd be impressed more if Messi had done what he did in the premier League.. Like Suarez has... So you give it to him for carrying the team?.. What about GERRARD 2005.?

  • Karl Fulton
    Karl Fulton Month ago

    DID ALEXANDER ARNOLD NOT IMPRESS ANYONE?.. FIRST RIGHT BACK TO HIT THE GUINESS BOOK OF RECORDS. FOR GOALS AND ASSISTS.

  • Tripp Towler
    Tripp Towler Month ago

    nice

  • Ray Indra
    Ray Indra Month ago

    Argentinean national team needed Messi ? I think that football is not boxing or tennis ? Indeed the stats of Messi are incredible

  • CROWMANS SKY TV
    CROWMANS SKY TV Month ago

    Van dijk should of won he made liverpool win champions league and messi couldn't win champions league and van dijk winning the english league this year

  • Hung Fei Lee
    Hung Fei Lee Month ago

    media n votes is biased toward a need for messi to win. but van dijk deserve more as he is significant to liverpool titles more over messi to barcelona based on overall year progress

  • terry phidaheights
    terry phidaheights Month ago

    this isnt the only time van dijk will finish second this season.....mcfc

  • Fidelis Chibwe
    Fidelis Chibwe Month ago

    Messi deserved to win

  • Aboubacar Sidick Diaby

    légende du football Léo

  • YSfifa
    YSfifa Month ago +1

    When they asked if Liverpool would win the champions league with Messi, the most simple answer is 'Yes'. Now not saying VVD isnt important for Liverpool, but as a whole that team is better than Barcelona if you stripped Messi and VVD out the picture. Liverpool would have the best attack in the world if they had Messi, and would still have Alisson who is the best goalkeeper in the world arguably.

  • toto maxwell
    toto maxwell Month ago

    FAKE BS BALLON D'OR

  • Mewan Dlyngdoh
    Mewan Dlyngdoh Month ago

    This TheXvid channel is so bais..

  • Tik Xiong
    Tik Xiong Month ago

    Messi👍👍👍👍 no question as long as he still there to play... who wants to win the Ballon d’Or will have to wait till he is retiring from soccer.......

  • Yazz Street
    Yazz Street Month ago

    Ronaldo won the ballon dor when he was at United .. and when he was in Spain .. he’s the goat

  • hugues dupiton
    hugues dupiton Month ago

    Messi remontada submissive expert 😂😂😂
    Messi the hoax

  • Shem Boss
    Shem Boss Month ago

    Messi didn't deserve

  • devandran
    devandran Month ago +3

    Messi would be unstoppable if he had choosed Spain over Argentina

  • The 360 Gaming zone

    Ronaldo is always my motivation he is very hardworking and the fittest among all football players.

  • Sammy 10
    Sammy 10 Month ago +1

    Liverpool fan boys logic
    Robertson best lb
    Allison best gk
    Gomez one of the most promising cb
    Fabinho beast in cdm
    Firmino attacker with cdm defending stats
    But vvd carried whole defense without vvd liverpool has poor defense xD like really

  • Rosario Nunez
    Rosario Nunez Month ago +1

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

    • Marc Lamparter
      Marc Lamparter Month ago

      What r u talking about? He plays great for Argentina as well. Or do u HV the inside scoop on some secret team he plays for?

  • Abu Mansaray
    Abu Mansaray Month ago

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

  • Gordon Owens
    Gordon Owens Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

      Stevie is "worldwide liverpool fans in a nutshell".

  • Brian Payne Jr
    Brian Payne Jr Month ago

    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 Month ago

      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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

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

  • faisikv faisikv
    faisikv faisikv Month ago

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

  • John Adan
    John Adan Month ago

    Good for him

    • okow tina
      okow tina Month ago

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

  • RichieBRZ16
    RichieBRZ16 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    It’s painful listening to Ale

  • mixio hili
    mixio hili Month ago

    You are the best

  • ntahla gaming
    ntahla gaming Month ago

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

  • Pt Bot
    Pt Bot Month ago

    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 Month ago

      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 Month ago

    There is no criteria so everyone’s right

  • Guillermo Fernandez

    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

    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 Month ago

    Stevie is "worldwide liverpool fans in a nutshell".

  • John Cornell
    John Cornell Month ago

    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.

  • Lebron James
    Lebron James Month ago

    Ronaldo was rob last year

    • Shauka Hodan
      Shauka Hodan Month ago

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

  • Bogdy Bogdy
    Bogdy Bogdy Month ago

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

  • Jason Caruana
    Jason Caruana Month ago +1

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

    • John Cornell
      John Cornell Month ago

      @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 Month ago +1

      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 Month ago

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

  • Mohammed Bazil
    Mohammed Bazil Month ago

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

  • Tauqeer Ahmad
    Tauqeer Ahmad Month ago

    Goood video

  • david padilla
    david padilla Month ago

    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 Month ago

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

  • okow tina
    okow tina Month ago

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

  • cristiano Alves
    cristiano Alves Month ago +1

    Moreno will never stop riding messi wagons

  • Klopp AllTheWay
    Klopp AllTheWay Month ago +1

    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?

    • John Cornell
      John Cornell Month ago +1

      @Klopp AllTheWay
      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.

    • Klopp AllTheWay
      Klopp AllTheWay Month ago

      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 Month ago +1

      Indeed.

  • Eternity Derek Drums
    Eternity Derek Drums Month ago +1

    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 Month ago

      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

    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 Month ago

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