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Messi, Van Dijk and the mutual respect

Both players have been named in the FIFA PRO World XI.

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PSG’s Lionel Messi had been named as FIFA PRO’s Player of the Year.

The legendary footballer capped off an incredible career to date with a world cup win in Qatar.

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has also been included in a vote from fellow professional footballers.

“This is the biggest recognition you can get because here you get voted by the players. They know what you go through, day in and day out”, Van Dijk declared in Paris.

Both players have been complimentary of each other on a number of occasions.

Van Dijk has described the Argentinian and as his ‘’toughest opponent’’ and also ‘’the best player in the history of football in my opinion’’ in an interview on BT Sport.

Messi has also been impressed by Van Dijk. The Argentine has described him as ‘”a defender who knows how to judge his timing and wait for the right moment to challenge or jockey. 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 he is impressive both in defence and attack because he scores lots of goals.”

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