Liverpool defender and Runner up of the 2019 Ballon D’or Virgil van Dijk hit back at Piers Morgan at the Ballon d’Or award ceremony on Monday evening after making a joke about Cristiano Ronaldo.

Van Dijk, who finished in second-place to Lionel Messi but above Juventus superstar Ronaldo, asked a reporter if the forward ‘was really a rival’ in a tongue-in-cheek interview.

TV personality Morgan, however, tweeted the Liverpool centre-back to say: “No.. Cristiano is a far greater player, you’re not in his league.”

@piersmorgan

No.. @Cristiano is a far greater player, you’re not in his league. https://twitter.com/sportbible/status/1201590403159527426 …

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Reporter to Virgil van Dijk: “Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be here tonight, so that’s already one less rival to care about.”

Virgil van Dijk: “Was Cristiano Ronaldo really a rival?”

✔@VirgilvDijk

Hi Piers, If you don’t jump on the social media bandwagon and would listen to the whole interview then you would know I made a joke, and only got respect for those

Van Dijk moved to politely shoot down Morgan with his response, saying:

“Hi Piers, If you don’t jump on the social media bandwagon and would listen to the whole interview then you would know I made a joke, and only got respect for those 2

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