Lionel Messi has hailed Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk ahead of the battle for the Ballon d’Or contest.
The Barcelona skipper was full of respect for the Dutch international as the two stars aim to claim the award.
“He is a defender that knows how to judge the timing and wait for the right moment to get in or hold on," he told Marca.
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“He is very fast and big, but he has a lot of agility for his height.
“He is fast because of his great stride and is impressive, both in defense and attack because he scores many goals."
Van Dijk Liverpool edge Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals as Liverpool claimed the title for the first time since 2005.