Virgil van Dijk beats out Messi & Ronaldo as Liverpool dominate at UEFA awards

The winners of the awards for all of the UEFA goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, attacker and player of the year have been announced this evening.

Champions League draw

The draw for this season’s edition of the Champions took place in Monaco a short time ago, with the giants of European football having discovered whom they will need to get past to secure their respective spots in the knockout round.

The likes of Manchester City and Liverpool will no doubt be happy with the outcome, though Tottenham’s task could prove tricky.

Elsewhere, PSG and Real Madrid were pitted against one another, while Group F, containing all of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan, looks a mouthwatering prospect:

Messi and van Dijk rewarded

Along with the draw for the Champions League, though, as outlined above, a number of players were rewarded for their respective stellar individual campaigns last time out.

First off, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson took home the Goalkeeper of the Year award.

The winner of the Defender of the Year was also from Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League winning squad, as Virgil van Dijk unsurprisingly beat out all competition to be named Europe’s finest stopper.

Elsewhere, Frenkie de Jong was named as the Midfielder of the Year, on the back of his standout showings at the heart of Ajax’s midfield en route to their heartbreaking semi-final exit at the hands of Tottenham.

Finally, Lionel Messi beat out competition from long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo to be named the Attacker of the Year.

Van Dijk

The most prestigious award of all at this evening’s ceremony, though, was undoubtedly the Player of the Year prize.

The 3 high-profile nominees up for the accolade, meanwhile, were Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk.

And, in the end, it was van Dijk, who proved so crucial in Liverpool’s run to glory in Europe last season, and picked up Man of the Match honours in the competition’s finale, who saw off stiff competition to clinch the award:

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