Virgil van Dijk beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the men’s UEFA Player of the Year award.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been crowned the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for his performances during the 2018/19 Champions League.
The Dutch international beat off competition from three-time UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and two-time winner Lionel Messi. The 28-year-old centre-back received the trophy on stage in Monaco during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw.
The Top 10 Are
1 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands) – 305 points
2 Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) – 207 points
3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal) – 74 points
5 Sadio Mané (Liverpool & Senegal) – 51 points
6 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 49 points
7 Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium) – 38 points
8= Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus & Netherlands) – 27 points
8= Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) – 27 points
10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) – 12 points
Other Award Winners
UEFA Women’s Player of the Year: Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyonnais & England)
Goalkeeper of the Season: Alisson Becker (Liverpool & Brazil)
Defender of the Season: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands)
Midfielder of the Season: Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona & Netherlands)
Forward of the Season: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
UEFA President Award: Eric Cantona