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UEFA Awards revealed as Virgil Van Dijk pips Messi and Ronaldo to Men’s Player of the Year

UEFA AWARDS REVEALED: Virgil van Dijk wins Men’s Player of the Year after receiving THREE TIMES as many votes as Cristiano Ronaldo for his Champions League heroics with Liverpool

  • Lucy Bronze was named the UEFA Women’s Player of the 2018-19 season  
  • Liverpool’s Alisson Becker won the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Season award 
  • Van Dijk also took home the UEFA Defender of the Season prize 
  • Youngster Frenkie de Jong won the Midfielder of the Season award 
  • Lionel Messi took home his fifth UEFA Forward of the Year prize  

Liverpool dominated the UEFA awards in Monaco on Thursday evening, as Virgil Van Dijk picked up two awards and Alisson picked up one.  

Van Dijk and Alisson were heavy favourites to win in their respective positions, but the Dutch defender winning the Men’s Player of the Year may well come as a shock as he beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the major gong.  

Sportsmail takes a look at all the award winners, at the event where the Champions League group stage draw was also revealed. 

Virgil van Dijk poses with the two awards he won at the Champions League awards in Monaco

Van Dijk won Player and Defender of the Year awards while Alisson won the goalkeeper prize

Van Dijk won Player and Defender of the Year awards while Alisson won the goalkeeper prize

The candidates for Men's Player of the Year: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk

The candidates for Men’s Player of the Year: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk

The winners of the individual prizes poses with their awards following the ceremony

The winners of the individual prizes poses with their awards following the ceremony

Van Dijk looked in relaxed mood as he arrived for the UEFA awards ceremony on Thursday

Van Dijk looked in relaxed mood as he arrived for the UEFA awards ceremony on Thursday 

Men’s Player of the Year 

Previous Winners 

2018 – Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

2017 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2016 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2015 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2014 –  Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Virgil van Dijk 

Van Dijk picked up the major award, beating Lionel Messi and Crisitano Ronaldo to UEFA’s major men’s gong. 

The Dutch defender had a terrific season, and was integral to the Liverpool side who won the Champions League in Madrid in June.

He was the PFA Player of the Year last season, but this individual honour may well rank higher given who he was up against.  

The Dutch defender smiles as he clutches onto his award for Men's Player of the Year

The Dutch defender smiles as he clutches onto his award for Men’s Player of the Year

Women’s Player of the Year

Previous Winners

2018 – Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg)

2017 – Lieke Martens (Barcelona)

2016 – Aada Hegerberg (Lyon)

2015 – Celia Sasic (Frankfurt)

2014 – Nadine Kebler (Wolfsburg)

Lucy Bronze 

England and Lyon’s Lucy Bronze won the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year.

After playing an integral part in Lyon’s run to winning the Women’s Champions League, right back Bronze was a vital cog in the England women’s side which reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in France.

She scored a memorable long-range goal in the quarter-final against Norway. 

England’s Lucy Bronze picked up the UEFA Women’s Player of the 2018/19 season 

Goalkeeper of the 2018/19 Champions League season

Previous Winners 

2018 – Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)

2017 – Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) 

Alisson 

Liverpool’s No 1 was named the 2018-19 UEFA goalkeeper of the year at the awards in Monaco, following a fantastic first season at Anfield.

Alisson kept a clean sheet in the famous comeback second-leg victory against Barcelona, and made a string of important saves in the final against Tottenham, as Liverpool won the competition for the sixth time. 

Liverpool No 1 Alisson gives a thumbs up to the crowd after winning the Goalkeeper of the Year

Liverpool No 1 Alisson gives a thumbs up to the crowd after winning the Goalkeeper of the Year

Defender of the 2018/19 Champions League season

Previous Winners 

2018 – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

2017 – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Virgil van Dijk 

Virgil Van Dijk was a colossus at the back for Champions League winners Liverpool last season. 

The Holland captain scored a crucial away goal in the Reds’ last-16 tie against Bayern Munich, and marshalled the defence all the way to the final, where he was named the official man-of-the-match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Van Dijk can add this award to his PFA Player of the Year prize for last season.  

Van Dijk poses with

Liverpool defensive trio Alisson Becker and Virgil Van Dijk pose for the cameras in Monaco 

Midfielder of the 2018/19 Champions League season

Previous Winners 

2018 – Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

2017 – Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Frenkie de Jong 

Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong won the midfielder of the year, after playing a vital part in Ajax’s impressive run to the semi-finals of the competition last season.

The Dutch giants beat holders Real Madrid in the last-16 after a historic 4-1 win at the Bernabeu, before knocking out Juventus in the quarter-finals. 

They fell just short in the semis against Tottenham, but de Jong’s performances in the centre of the park earned him a move to Barcelona, for £65million.

Dutch youngster Frenkie de Jong poses with his prize for winning Midfielder of the Year

Dutch youngster Frenkie de Jong poses with his prize for winning Midfielder of the Year

Forward of the 2018/19 Champions League season

Previous Winners 

2018 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

2017 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi took home the forward of the season award, after scoring 12 goals in 10 Champions League appearances.

The Argentine forward scored a sensational free kick in the semi-final first leg against Liverpool, and although he couldn’t quite guide Barcelona to the final, the captain had another brilliant individual season, scoring 50 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions.  

Lionel Messi picked up the Forward of the Year award but didn’t win the major honour 

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