There aren’t many players who can say they’ve beaten Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to a top individual prize — but Virgil van Dijk has just done exactly that.
The Liverpool defender has been named as the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year after helping his side win the 2019 Champions League.
The Dutchman has been a colossus at the heart of the Liverpool defense and has grown into one of the world’s best.
“I need to thank my teammates, without them I would not have achieved what I have achieved,” he told BT Sport.
“It has 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.”
England star Lucy Bronze has been named as UEFA’s Women’s Player of the Year.
The Lyon defender was one of the outstanding players at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
She beat off competition from France’s Amandine Henry and Lyon teammate Ada Hegerberg.