Virgil van Dijk has said the wait for a defender to win the Ballon d’Or has been too long, with the last award coming the way of Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.
The Dutch defender took the Premier League by storm last season, scooping the
“It’s an honour if people are talking about [the Ballon d’Or], but what can I do? I have no influence on anything,” the 28-year-old said on his club’s official website.
However, the former Southampton centre half admitted that while it can be more ‘attractive’ for voters to choose a player who features more prominently at the other end of the pitch, defenders such a himself should get more of a look-in.
“I can understand the fact that normally strikers or number tens win these awards because it’s more attractive to see,” he added. “But maybe the time has come to change it.”