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Breaking: Virgil van Dijk wins UEFA Player of the Year award

Breaking: Virgil van Dijk wins UEFA Player of the Year award

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has emerged the winner of the UEFA Player of the Year to edge out Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The award ceremony was along side the UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco France. Van Dijk was also awarded the Defender of the Year.


The Dutch was instrumental in Leverpool winning their sixth European Cup in a 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham.

“I need to thank my teammates, without them I would not have achieved what I have achieved,” Van Dijk told BT Sport.

“It’s been a long road and it’s part of my journey. I’m very proud to get this trophy. It’s credit to everyone who has helped me.”

The three-man Men’s Player shortlist was decided following votes from a jury of 80 coaches of the clubs that began the Champions League (32) and Europa League (48) group stages last season, as well as one journalist from each of the 55 UEFA member associations.

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Upon all the record Messi won last season, this people are not fair

  2. Well deserved. A defender that tackles well and also scores is hard to find.

  3. I am sure he will be named the winner of ballon dor too

  4. Congrats

  5. Winning the champions league always gives an advantage for these awards.

  6. Good of UEFA to name him over Ronaldo and Messi

  7. He is a legend in the making

  8. We all know we won hear of him after this

  9. He deserves it

  10. Pogba doenst even come close in these awards at all

  11. The 75 million paid for his service is well deserved

  12. Congrats Van Dik

  13. Maguire will be thinking he can win this award next year

  14. first defender to win the award?

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