...commentary line of mine: "Lionel Messi is the best there is, the best there has ever been and probably the best there ever will be." It could be argued that van Dijk was Liverpool's MVP, the most valuable player, as they claimed their sixth European title ... the last paragraph is too laden with statistics so here is a quote: "It was an amazing year, but there's a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural. I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better." That's from van Dijk who ... ahead of Messi. For me, the Liverpool centre-half is the best defender there is, probably ever has been and maybe ever will be... but Messi is still the best footballer. Let's savour him while we can.