Brazil legend Kaka has joined a host of players and pundits backing Virgil van Dijk for the Ballon d’Or.

Van Dijk helped Liverpool to a second-place finish in the Premier League and played a crucial role in their Champions League final win less than a week ago.

And Kaka, who won the coveted Ballon d’Or in 2007, believes the Dutchman can be the first defender to win the accolade in thirteen years.

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“We will see what happens in the future. Would I give the Ballon d’Or to Virgil van Dijk? I had some discussions talking about it with friends and with my brother and the name we chose is really his,” Kaka said.

“He had a great season in the Premier League and won the Champions League playing in a crazy way.

“We’ll see what the judges will decide but it’s time to reward a defender.”

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