The bookies' second favourite to win the award is Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk after the defenders incredible 18/19 season with Liverpool. Since his arrival from Southampton, van Dijk has taken Liverpool to another level and has been pivotal in their recent form, finishing the 18/19 season with 97 points and winning the Champions League. Having played every Premier League game for Liverpool last season, van Dijk kept 20 clean sheets, which was helped by his 74% tackle success rate. There have been calls from players, managers and fans that the Ballon d’Or has been a popularity contest for attackers in recent years, with the last defender to win the award being Fabio Cannavaro back in 2006. However, it’s looking likely that a defender may win it this year.