Breaking: Virgil Van Dijk beats Messi, Ronaldo to win UEFA men’s player of the year award

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Virgil van Dijk has been named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2018-19, seeing off competition from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Liverpool defender was crowned at the ceremony for the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday.

Liverpool also scooped two of the four positional awards, with van Dijk named best defender ahead of teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and new Juventus signing Matthijs de Ligt.


Alisson Becker won the goalkeeper award, beating Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona.

The Brazilian kept six clean sheets during Liverpool’s Champions League run, including in the final where he made eight saves in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi was console with the forward player of the year award ahead of perennial rival, Cristiano Ronaldo

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