Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool FC) was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year 2018-19 and Lucy Bronze (Lyon) was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year 2018-19 in the UEFA Awards 2018-19 event held along the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Group Stage Draw in Monaco on Thursday.
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year 2018-19
Virgin van Dijk edged out Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus FC) for the prestigious award, he became the first defender to win the award since 2010-11.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo won five of eight previous awards with Andres Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribery (2013) and Luka Modric (2018).
“I’m very proud to get this trophy. It’s credit to everyone who has helped me.“
“I need to thank my team-mates, without them I would not have achieved what I have achieved. It’s been a long road and it’s part of my journey.” said Van Dijk.
UEFA Women’s Player of the Year 2018-19
Lucy Bronze (Lyon) beat her Lyon teammates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry. She was not present at the ceremony was playing in the friendly match against Belgium for his nation England in Leuven.
Lucy Bronze won the Silver ball as the second-best player of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 held in France. England reached the semi-final of the tournament which was won by USA in the final against the Netherlands.
UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year 2018-19
Alisson Becker (Liverpool) was named the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year 2018-19
UEFA Defender of the Year 2018-19
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) was named the UEFA Defender of the Year 2018-19
UEFA Midfielder of the Year 2018-19
Frenkie de Jong (AFC Ajax now FC Barcelona) was named the UEFA Midfielder of the Year 2018-19.
UEFA Forward of the Year 2018-19
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) was named the UEFA Forward of the Year 2018-19.