Virgil van Dijk is one of the last three contenders for the prize of player of the year of the European football association UEFA. The leader of the Dutch national team has competition from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 'UEFA Men's Player of the Year award' will be awarded on 29 August during the draw for the group stage of the Champions League in Monaco.
On the same day, it is also announced who the best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and attacker of the previous Champions League season are. Last week it was announced that Van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt have a chance to win the prize of best defender and Frenkie de Jong is one of the three nominees among the midfielders.
Among the women, Vivianne Miedema is just outside the shortlist of three cases for the UEFA prize for player of the year. The Dutch striker of Arsenal finished fourth.
The award will go to a player of Champions League winner Olympique Lyon, because the English Lucy Bronze, the Norwegian Ada Hegerberg and the French Amandine Henry have been nominated.
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