Yes, it is quite surprising that by defeating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk won the UEFA Men’s Player award! It is the very first time for the Liverpool defender to win the award. Also as the first defender, 28 years old, the Dutch captain won the UEFA Men’s Player award. Earlier today at Monaco, France the function of Champions League draw took place where as Europe’s best player for the last season, the name of the Reds defender Van Dijk has been announced.
Who was the best in Europe for the last season, all were looking forward to learn that. At the Monaco, France the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year has been announced earlier today and the Dutch professional defender Van Dijk has won the award for the first time.
🇳🇱 Virgil van Dijk in 2018/19 🔥
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 30, 2019
So, it is almost certain the Liverpool defender is going to win the Ballon d’Or this season. As the king of Europe, Van Dijk has established himself by defeating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. After 13 years, the football World has seen the award in the hand of a defender.
The 28 years old defender led his club Liverpool to the Champions League title and only for a little, the Reds could not win the Premier League title. Just a few days ago, they beat Chelsea and won the UEFA Super Cup also. Though his national team the Netherlands could not play the last Russia World Cup but they played the UEFA Nations League and the Dutch captain played the vital role of leading his team to the final of the tournament.
So, the thing has become possible of leaving behind CR7 and LM10 in the race of UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and for the 2nd consecutive year, excluding Messi and Ronaldo, the football World has seen a 3rd person to win the award.
— TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) August 30, 2019
From the 31st July of the last year to the next one year’s performances have been analysed and the award has been given. Based on the vote of the 80 coaches from the teams of the Champions League and Europa League along with 55 top journalists, the trophy holder used to be decided.
“Massive credit to all of my teammates, staff and my family.” ❤🏅
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 30, 2019
One person who used to take a player as the first has earned 5 points, the 2nd has got the 3 points and the 3rd has received 1 point so far. Based on the calculation, Van Dijk has received the highest points and selected for the award.
UEFA Player of the Year votes:
1. Virgil van Dijk – 305 points
2. Lionel Messi – 207 points
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – 74 points
4. Alisson – 57 points
5. Sadio Mané – 51 points
6. Mohamed Salah – 49 points
Klopp has transformed the reds into world beaters 🔴🔴🔴 #Liverpoolfc
— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) August 30, 2019