Piers Morgan has hit out at Ballon d'Or runner-up Virgil van Dijk who he says isn't in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Liverpool star finished behind Lionel Messi, who claimed his sixth Ballon d'Or, but ahead of the Portuguese forward.
Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d'Ors himself, chose not to attend the event in Paris and Van Dijk was questioned about his rival's absence.
When asked whether it was one lest competitor to worry about he replied: "Was Cristiano Ronaldo really a rival?"
Morgan has reacted angrily, but he is known to have huge admiration for Ronaldo which was only furthered when the two did a documentary together.
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He tweeted: "No.. @Cristiano is a far greater player, you’re not in his league."
Ronaldo finished his first year in Italy with only the Serie A title to show for his efforts following early exits in the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
And Morgan's comments have not gone done well with Liverpool fans who are questioning how he can hold Ronaldo above Van Dijk given their respective performances over the past 12 months.
"Calm down. Relegation battle to worry about," said one in reference to Arsenal's struggles – the team Morgan supports.
"Based on the last 12 months he wasn’t," added a second.
"Ronaldo isn't top 10 in the world anymore," boldly claimed another.
"He literally isn’t a rival. Ronaldo didn’t even show up cause he knew he wasn’t gonna win so he ain’t wrong," said a fourth.
Following the announcement of the award, Van Dijk was quick to praise the Barcelona star insisting he just wasn't quite good enough.
"It's been an amazing year, I was close but unfortunately there are a couple of players like him [Messi.] I am very proud," he said.
"I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better. I'm very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and the Netherlands, and hopefully we can do that again this year. But that will be tough with those guys around here still."
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