Posted on Thu 29 Aug 2019, 07:03 PM

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named UEFA Men's Player of the Year, beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award.

The award tops a fantastic season for Van Dijk, who was voted PFA Player of the Year for his displays at the heart of a Liverpool defence which conceded just 22 goals in the Premier League and finished the season with a sixth European Cup, beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final in Madrid.

Posted on Thu 29 Aug 2019, 02:58 PM

Can Virgil van Dijk create a surprise? The Dutch defender, winner of the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool in 2019, will face the inevitable Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the prize for best UEFA player of the season, which will be handed Thursday in Monaco.

Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Juventus Turin) and Van Dijk were selected by a jury composed of 80 club coaches who participated in the Champions League and the Europa League as well as 55 journalists.

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