Van Dijk, Messi, Ronaldo nominated for UEFA best player

Virgil van Dijk (L), Lionel Messi (M) and Cristiano Ronaldo (R)

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been nominated for the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.

Players in Europe, irrespective of nationality, have been judged in regard to their performances over the whole season in all competitions – both domestically and internationally – at either club, or national team level.

The winner will be named – along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and UEFA Champions League positional award winners – during the group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 29 August.

Lionel Messi with the European Golden Shoe award

The UEFA Europa League Player of the Season will also be announced the following day.

Lionel Messi — who plays for Barcelona and Argentina — was the top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League, and the European Golden Shoe winner picked up his tenth Liga title.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Nations League with Portugal and was the top goalscorer at the finals. He also scooped his first Serie A title with Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo with the UEFA Nations league trophy

Virgil van Dijk won the this year’s edition of the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool, and was the man of the match in the final. He recently won the UEFA Super Cup beating Chelsea on penalties.

He also reached the finals of UEFA Nations League with Netherlands.

Virgil van Dijk with the UEFA Champions League trophy

The rest of the top ten

4 – Alisson Becker (Liverpool & Brazil) – 57 points
5 – Sadio Mané (Liverpool & Senegal) – 51 points
6 – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 49 points
7 – Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium) – 38 points
8 – Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus & Netherlands) – 27 points
9 – Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) – 27 points
10 – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) – 12 points

The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48).

55 journalists were also part of the jury, selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from each of UEFA’s member associations.

Jury members chose their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third, one. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

Lyon trio Ada Hegerberg, Lucy Bronze and Amandine Henry

Lyon trio Ada Hegerberg, Lucy Bronze and Amandine Henry named finalists for the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award.

Goalkeeper of the Season: Alisson Becker, Hugo Lloris, Marc-André ter Stegen
Defender of the Season: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk
Midfielder of the Season: Frenkie de Jong, Christian Eriksen, Jordan Henderson
Forward of the Season: Sadio Mané, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Women’s Player of the Year: Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry
Europa League Player of the Season: Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard, Luka Jović


Chidi Nwoke.