Liverpool Defender, Virgil Van Dijk Wins UEFA Men's Best Player Award4 years ago
Liverpool defender, Virgil Van Dijk has won the UEFA men’s best player ahead of Juventus and Portugal striker, Cristiano Ronaldo as well as ahead of Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi.
The announcement was made on Thursday evening in Monaco.
Van Dijk also won the best defender of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Season.
He thanked his teammates saying he would not have achieved everything he achieved if they were not there.
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Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo remains the player who won the award more than others with three whilst Messi follows with two.
Below are other winners at last night’s event in various categories.
Goalkeeper of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Season – Alisson (Liverpool)
Shortlist – Alisson Becker (Liverpool), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
Defender of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Season – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Shortlist – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax, now Juventus), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Midfielder of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Season – Frenkie de Jong (Ajax, now Barcelona)
Shortlist – Frenkie de Jong (Ajax, now Barcelona), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Forward of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Season – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Shortlist – Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
UEFA Women’s Player of the Year – Lucy Bronze (Lyon)
Shortlist – Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Shortlist – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk
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