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Uefa Player of the Year: Lucy Bronze and Virgil van Dijk win awards

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England’s Lucy Bronze has been named the Uefa Women’s Player of the Year, while Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk took the men’s award.

Full-back Bronze beat Lyon team-mates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry to the award.

She is the first English winner of the honour, voted for by top coaches in the women’s game and journalists.

Defender Van Dijk helped Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid in June.

Van Dijk, 28, edged out Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo for the prestigious prize.

He is the first defender to win the award since the inaugural edition in 2010-11, with Messi and Ronaldo claiming five of the previous eight awards between them, and Andres Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribery (2013) and Luka Modric (2018) completing the winners’ list.

#UCLdraw, other awards include;

Best Goalkeeper – Alisson Becker

Best Defender – Virgil Van Djik

Best Midfielder – Frenkie DeJong

Best Forward – Lionel Messi

 

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