It was a fantastic night for defenders since Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, and Lyon’s Lucy Bronze won the UEFA participant of the year awards to its 2018/19 season.
Van Dijk conquers football icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to match the guys’ gong, while Bronze beat her team teammates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry.
The awards were awarded on Thursday following the UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco.
Dutch shield Van Dijk came on Merseyside at January 2018 to get a club-record charge of 75million.
Since linking Liverpool, he’s significantly improved the group’s defense and assisted the group to Champions League glory last year.
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Liverpool surrendered only 20 goals in the Premier League this past year, maintaining 20 fresh sheets.
Based on statistics from Opta, at the 36 matches, Van Dijk played this past year, no resistance player was able to finish one dribble beyond the 27-year-old.
It’s uncommon for a guardian to win this award. Fabio Cannavaro was the final one to do this in 2006 after he had won the World Cup with Italy.