It is no longer news that Virgil van Dijk has been crowned UEFA’s 2018/19 Men’s Player of the Year but how much do you know about him?
VVD as codenamed is defender who plays for Liverpool Football Club and the Netherlands. He was born on the 8th July 1991 and is 193cm tall.
So far so good, he has 133 appearances in the Premier League with 9 goals, 2 assists and 45 clean sheets so far.
In a pool by Sky Sports when he was transferred to Liverpool, some fans were of the opinion that his move was a waste of £75m from Southampton but he has proved his worth having won 164 tackles, blocked 23 shots and had 244 interceptions.
January 2018 some people for Liverpool over paid on Virgil Van dijk👀 #LFC
August 2019 player of the year
Never give up m
Congratulations Virgil Van dijk pic.twitter.com/y7Qcg9gFID
— supermane10 (@supermanelfc) August 29, 2019
2018/19 season was such a success for him and he won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Men’s Best Player award, PFA Player of the Year, Liverpool fans’ Player of the Year, Liverpool players’ Player of the Year, Premier League Team of the Season, Champions League Team of the Season and December Player of the month.
Despite loosing 315 duels, he has a 72% tackle success and 447 headed clearance loosing 207 aerial battles and winning 589 and committed only 1 error leading to goal.
To win the award for the UEFA Player of the Year he polled 305 points over his nearest match Lionel Messi.
Below are the votes for the top 10:
1. Virgil van Dijk – 305 points
2. Lionel Messi – 207 points
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – 74 points
4. Alisson – 57 points
5. Sadio Mané – 51 points
6. Mohamed Salah – 49 points
7. Eden Hazard – 38
8. Matthis de Ligt – 27
9. Frenkie de Jong – 27
10. Raheem Sterling – 12
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