– Virgil van Dijk has insisted that he was not disappointed for losing FIFA The Best award to Lionel Messi – The Liverpool defender finish second behind the Argentine after the votes were concluded – Van Dijk also urge fans not to compare him with the Barcelona star saying he has not reached that level just yet Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has dismissed suggestions that he was disappointed missing out of the FIFA Men’s Player award. The Dutch international finished behind Barcelona forward Lionel Messi who eventually won the prestigious prize. According to votes cast, the Argentine captain won the award with 46 points, while the Reds star ended up with 38 points. Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo completes the top three best players in the world with 36 points. PAY ATTENTION: Install Pitch Football App for FREE to get the latest football News & Scores Goal.com has now reported that Van Dijk says no one should compare him with Messi regardless of what he has been able to achieve with his club in the last few years. Fans of BBNaija housemates Seyi and Tacha reportedly clash in Lagos (video) The 28-year-old was part of the victorious Liverpool team that won Champions League title last season after waiting eleven years without winning a title. “The people who vote made a decision and you have to accept it,” Van Dijk told reporters. “That’s just the case and as players you can’t compare me and Messi because it’s totally different. I’m very proud to be here.” Apart from winning the Champions League, van Dijk also helped his club fight for the Premier League title but lost it to Manchester City with just one point difference. He was also part of the Dutch team that reached the final of the maiden edition of the UEFA Nations League but also lost to Portugal at the end of the game. PAY ATTENTION: Place your bet and get the chance to win big on 1xbet “Disappointed? You can’t be disappointed,” he said. “I’m just very happy to be here, to be in the team of the year, after the hard work and the good work we put in last year. Super Eagles star recounts how he sold ‘pure’ water as a 6-year-old in Lagos after losing mom “Today, I, unfortunately, didn’t win but I’m not disappointed.” Liverpool face MK Dons in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before visiting Sheffield United in the Premier League three days later. Legit.ng earlier reported that American football star, Megan Rapinoe, backed Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk to win the FIFA Best Player Award. Van Dijk missed out on the prestigious award on Monday night, September 22, with Lionel Messi claiming it ahead of him. Messi raked in 46 points of the votes, with Van Dijk finishing second ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo with 38 points.