Uefa Award: Virgil van Dijk is Europe's Footballer of the Year
Ronaldo ahead of Lionel Messi: The footballer of the year in Europe is not one of the striker stars this time. Virgil van Dijk is rewarded with the prize for his outstanding season at Liverpool.
Virgil van Dijk is European Footballer of the Year 2019. The Dutchman was voted the best player on the continent by UEFA on Thursday in Monaco. The 28-year-old from Liverpool is the first Dutchman and the first defender to receive the award since 2011. In addition to van Dijk, three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo and two-time laureate Lionel Messi made it to the finals.
Van Dijk had a significant share in the Champions League win the team of coach Jürgen Klopp. He was one of the Liverpool scorers in a 3-1 victory in the second round match at Bayern Munich and was in the final against Tottenham Hotspur (2: 0) voted the best player of the game. With the national team of the Netherlands, he moved into the final of the new Nations League, but lost Portugal 0-1.