LEAGUES

Messi and Ronaldo joined by Van Dijk on three-man UEFA award shortlist

about 1 year ago
Share

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are up for UEFA's Player of the Year award, it was announced on Thursday.

Champions League winner Virgil van Dijk is joined by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo on the three-man shortlist for UEFA's Player of the Year award.

Van Dijk played a vital role in Liverpool's successful European campaign, playing 12 times en route to lifting the trophy.

As well as the UEFA recognition, he is also expected to be a major contender for the 2019 Ballon d'Or, as is Messi.

Barcelona reached the semi-finals before being eliminated by Liverpool, but Messi still managed to enjoy a fine Champions League campaign.

The Argentina star scored 12 goals – including two against the Reds at Camp Nou – from 10 matches.

Ronaldo's inclusion is rather more surprising, given Juventus were eliminated by Ajax in the quarter-finals.

The Portugal attacker scored a respectable six times in nine matches, but that was an unspectacular impact compared to his 15-goal haul in 12 outings the season before.

The shortlist was selected by a jury of 80 coaches from clubs involved in the Champions League and Europa League group stages, plus 55 journalists from UEFA's 55 member associations.

One of the three players will be presented with the award on August 29, during the Champions League group stage draw ceremony.

Related news

Under follows Zaniolo by committing to Roma

about 1 year ago

Neymar 'would be a bomb inside the locker room' – Barca great warns against Brazilian's return

about 1 year ago

One person jailed as Chelsea take action against ticket touts

about 1 year ago

Valverde sent me zero messages - Suarez claims Barcelona boss ignored him following move

about 1 year ago

Klopp applauds performance of referee Stephanie Frappart and UEFA Super Cup officials

about 1 year ago

Rumour Has It: PSG eye Vinicius as Neymar heads for exit

about 1 year ago

Adrian: It's hard to stay on the line for penalties

about 1 year ago

Villas-Boas: Not good for Ligue 1 if Neymar leaves PSG

about 1 year ago

Klopp admits Oxlade-Chamberlain mistake, praises 'pretty vital' Firmino

about 1 year ago

Lampard: Lots more to come from Chelsea's Pulisic

about 1 year ago

Adrian can have the house for f*** all! – Carragher offers home to Liverpool goalkeeper

about 1 year ago

'Terrible loser' Lampard proud despite UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool

about 1 year ago

What a story – Klopp hails Adrian after Super Cup heroics

about 1 year ago

Liverpool close in on Barcelona & Milan's record after Super Cup success

about 1 year ago

Welcome to Liverpool! - Adrian revels in penalty heroics

about 1 year ago

Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea (aet, 5-4 on penalties): Stand-in Adrian the UEFA Super Cup hero

about 1 year ago

Lyon complete €25m signing of former Arsenal midfielder Reine-Adelaide

about 1 year ago

Griezmann shows off Arsenal 2023 side on Football Manager - after selling Lacazette to Huddersfield

about 1 year ago

Zaniolo commits to Roma with new five-year deal

about 1 year ago