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.

Van Dijk’s Liverpool team-mate Alisson has also been honoured, he was named Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season at the Champions League draw ceremony.

Previously known as the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, the Player of the Year award takes into account both club and national team competition.

This is just the fourth time since 2011 another player apart from Messi and Ronaldo will be winning the award.


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