Rafael van der Vaart does not believe “special” countryman Virgil van Dijk should win the Ballon d’Or.
Van Dijk is the current favourite to win the Ballon d’Or with bookmakers, ahead of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool teammate Alisson Becker.
But Van der Vaart, who won van der hearts over two years at Tottenham, thinks you “cannot compare defenders and strikers”.
Even so, the Dutchman considers Messi and Ronaldo to be “the best” as the pair fight to wrestle back their shared crown from Luka Modric’s cold, dead hands.
“He is not the best player in the world, but he is special,” Van der Vaart told Tuttomercatoweb.
“Messi and Ronaldo are the best but you cannot compare defenders and strikers.”