Virgil van Dijk has been named Europe's best player.
Van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were nominated for UEFA Men's Player of the Year award after the trio enjoyed stellar seasons for their respected clubs.
Liverpool defender Van Dijk was phenomenal last season under Jurgen Klopp. He beat Raheem Sterling and four others to claim the PFA Players' Player of the Year Award before helping his team beat Spurs in the Champions League final.
Virgil van Dijk awards and trophies 2018/19:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 29, 2019
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
Virgil van Dijk has been crowned UEFA's 2018/19 Men's Player of the Year!- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 29, 2019
• FIRST defender ever to win the award
• FIRST Premier League player ever to win the award
• Has also won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and PFA Player of the Year award during the last year pic.twitter.com/kmsurOsMxD
The 28-year-old made 59 appearances for club and country in 2018/19 campaign, and played more minutes than any other player.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi proved yet again that he is one of the world's best, scoring 54 goals in 58 games for club and country last season.
He not only helped the Catalan giants to the Champions League semi-final, scoring the goal of the tournament against Liverpool with a stunning free-kick in the first leg, but he bagged 12 goals in Europe's biggest competition.
Messi was also La Liga's top scorer in 2018/19, with his 36 goals helping Barca lift the league title.
Leo :goat: Messi my winner
Europe's top scorer :white_check_mark:
UCL top scorer :white_check_mark:
Europe's top assister :white_check_mark:
Most MOTM awards :white_check_mark:
Most CCC :white_check_mark:
Most goal cont-s :white_check_mark:
Most hat-tricks :white_check_mark:
Most points won (top5) :white_check_mark:
Most free-kick goals :white_check_mark:
Atlético, Lyon, Liverpool, United, Tottenham, Sevilla :white_check_mark: pic.twitter.com/t2tnN1ALz1
- Hk :flag_ar::flag_ar::flag_ar: (@FondofFootball) August 29, 2019
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo certainly lived up to expectation after his £99.2m move from Real Madrid last summer, scoring 31 goals in 47 appearances for club and country.
The 34-year-old helped the Italian side to their eighth consecutive Serie A title and scored twice in the Champions League quarter-final against Ajax, scoring in both legs.
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