Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been nominated for the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. The winner will be named – along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and UEFA Champions League positional award winners.
The nominees for the 2018-19 UEFA Men's Player of the Year ⭐️
Lionel Messi 🔵🔴
Cristiano Ronaldo ⚫️⚪️
Virgil van Dijk 🔴
Who wins it? 🥇 pic.twitter.com/qYXhMqa8QK
— Goal (@goal) August 15, 2019
The winners would be announced during the group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 29 August. The UEFA Europa League Player of the Season will be announced the following day.
Lionel Messi, the FC Barcelona and Argentina captain was the top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League and the European Golden Shoe winner picked up his tenth Liga title. Find out more about his season here.
Juventus and Portugal star, Cristiano Ronaldo was the UEFA Nations League winner and top goalscorer at the finals also scooped his first Serie A title.
Virgil van Dijk who plays for Liverpool and Netherlands was the final man of the match for the UEFA Champions League winners and also reached the UEFA Nations League showpiece.
The rest of the top ten includes,
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
8. Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) – 27 points
10. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) – 12 points