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Virgil van Dijk is regarded as one of the world's coolest defenders, but he got fired up when calling out Piers Morgan on Twitter.
The Liverpool man enjoyed a stellar year in 2019 and came second in the Ballon d'Or rankings to Lionel Messi.
At the ceremony in Paris, a reporter asked van Dijk about Cristiano Ronaldo's absence and his reply was very tongue in cheek.
"Cristiano Ronaldo won't be here tonight, so that's already one less rival to care about," van Dijk was told to which he replied, "Was Cristiano Ronaldo really a rival?".
Morgan, who is a friend of Ronaldo's and calls the 37-year-old the greatest player to ever live, saw the quote on social media and said: "No.. @Cristiano is a far greater player, you’re not in his league."
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 😀— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) December 2, 2019
Van Dijk had been complimentary of Ronaldo earlier in his interview and took offence to Morgan believing he was making fun of him.
The Netherlands international retorted: "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."
Clearly a man who did not want to get involved in an argument. Fair play.
Morgan interviewed Ronaldo back in 2019 and the pair have been close ever since. The Talk TV presenter even gifted Ronaldo an Arsenal shirt.
The 57-year-old recently revisited the topic amid rumours Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United for a second time.
United failed to qualify for the Champions League last season and finished sixth with their lowest-ever Premier League points tally.
A lack of signings in the summer transfer window has reportedly seen Ronaldo ask for a move away if a suitable bid comes in.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner wants to play Champions League football too, something Arsenal do not have, but it has not stopped Morgan trying.
He tweeted a picture of himself with Ronaldo and partner Georgina Rodriguez, captioning it: "It’s time @Cristiano #afc".
United expect Ronaldo to fulfil the final year of his contract and manager Erik ten Hag is set to speak with him on Monday.
The Red Devils start their season at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on August 7.