UEFA awards: Virgil van Dijk wins 2018/19 best defender award

UEFA awards: Virgil van Dijk wins 2018/19 best defender award

Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool centre-back, has clinched the prestigious best defender prize at the 2018/19 edition of UEFA awards held on Thursday, August 29, in Monaco, France.

The Dutchman cruised to a comfortable victory having beaten other football stars in the three-man list which contains Liverpool wonderkid Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ajax ex-man Matthijs de Ligt.

Virgil was consequential to Liverpool's epoch-making 4-0 victory over star-studded Barcelena side during a semi-final second leg match at Anfied.

He was also a solid rock at the backline as Liverpool defeated Premier League rivals Tottenham HotSpurs to win the coveted 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League trophy in Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.

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The 28-year-old Virgil would later make history by winning the Man of the Match award following a blistering performance that saw Jurgen Klopp's side win their sixth Champion League trophy after failed attempt in the previous year against Real Madrid.

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Meanwhile, Former Ajax talisman, Frenkie de Jong, has won the UEFA midfielder award of the year.

The Dutchman, who successfully sealed a transfer move to Spanish giants Barcelona, beat Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to clinch the prestigious award.

He was instrumental as Ajax sealed sensational comeback to European spotlight after years of living in the shadow of their glorious history.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe has became the first player to dribble past Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk after 50 Premier League games played by the Dutchman.

Since Virgil Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton, Premier League players have been unable to dribble him as the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus also failed.

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