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Not Messi or Ronaldo, Virgil Van Dijk wins top UEFA Award

Liverpool defender, Virgil Van Djik has won the Men’s Player of the Year for the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League.

Van Dijk is the first defender to be awarded the best player of the year.

The Netherlands international beat both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the award, having played a starring role in Liverpool’s Champions League win last season.

Franck Ribery was also a winner in 2013, while Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won it last year.

Reacting to the Award, Van Dijk said: “I need to thank all my teammates, without them I would not achieve what I have achieved.”

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“I need to thank all my teammates, without them I would not achieve what I have achieved.”

What a season, what a player, what a guy!

Vigil van Dijk is the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year 🙌

Virgil Van Dijk accolades for 2018/2019 season:

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Men’s Best Player award
PFA Player of the Year
Liverpool fans’ Player of the Year
Liverpool players’ Player of the Year
Premier League Team of the Season
Champions League Team of the Season

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✨ 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year ✨

🏆 𝐕𝐀𝐍 𝐃𝐈𝐉𝐊 |

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