Van Dijk Beats Messi and Ronaldo to be named Uefa Player of the Year

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2018/19.

The big Dutchman beat off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after playing a starring role in Liverpool’s European triumph last season.

The 28-year-old centre-back, who was also named defender of the year, received the trophy on stage in Monaco during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw.

It was a happy night for Liverpool as their no 1 goalkeeper, Alison Becker, was named goalkeeper of the year.

Two-time award winner Messi, however, did not leave empty-handed as he won the forward of the year award. His new Barca teammate, Frenkie de Jong, was named the midfielder of the year.

See how the top 10 ranked below:

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

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