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Van Dijk beats Messi, Ronaldo to win UEFA Player of the Season award

Van Dijk beats Messi, Ronaldo to win UEFA Player of the Season award
August 29
19:36 2019

Virgil van Dijk beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the men’s UEFA Player of the Year award.

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The winner was announced on Thursday night during the Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco.

The talismanic centre-back helped guide the Reds to European Cup glory, keeping a clean sheet as Jurgen Klopp’s men defeated Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

Messi, the top scorer in the Champions League, beat Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo to win the UEFA Champions League forward of the Season Award.

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Virgil van Dijk beat team mate Trent Alexander-Arnold and Matthijs de Ligt, who left Ajax for Juventus this summer to win the Defender of the Season Award.

Alisson Becker, beat Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Barcelona’s Marc ter-Stegen Liverpool’s safe hands won the UEFA Goalkeeper Award.

Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong beat Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to win the midfielder of the Season Award.

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England’s full back, Lucy Bronze beat Norway’s Ada Hegerberg and France’s Amandine Henry to the Women’s Player of the Season.

Full list of winners:
Men’s Player of the Season: Virgil van Dijk
Women’s Player of the Season: Lucy Bronze
Midfielder of the Season: Frenkie de Jong Defender of the Season: Virgil van Dijk
Goalkeeper of the season: Alisson Becker
UEFA President Award: Eric Cantona

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