Liverpool and Holland defender Virgil Van Dijk became the first defender to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award as he was announced as the winner during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco yesterday night seeing off both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Dutch and Liverpool defender gathered the total of 305 points to claim the award from Messi and Ronaldo, who have dominated for the past five years between themselves.
Messi won the award for best forward ahead of Ronaldo
Frenkie de Jong won the award for best midfielder
Van Dijk again won the award for best defender
Alisson Becker won the award for best goalkeeper
Besides Messi, who won the award in 2011 and 2015, and Ronaldo who took it home in 2014, 2016, and 2017, Luka Modric was the winner last year, while past winners include Andrés Iniesta who won it in 2012 and Franck Ribery the year after.
2018/19 UEFA Player of the Year Top 10
01 Virgil van Dijk – 305 points
02 Lionel Messi – 207 points
03 Cristiano Ronaldo – 74 points
04 Alisson Becker – 57 points
05 Sadio Mane – 51 points
06 Mo Salah – 49 points
07 Eden Hazard – 38 points
08 Matthijs de Ligt – 27 points
09 Frenkie de Jong – 27 points
10 Raheem Sterling – 12 points