Virgil Van Dijk
For a long time, defenders have been seen as expendables. They are not valued as one would a striker or an attacking midfielder. However, Virgil Van Dijk changed that narrative last season when he became one of, if not the most important reason why Liverpool clinched the Champions League. The Dutchman was solid at the backline and allowed the trio of Mane, Salah and Firmino to attack freely.
Apart from the champions league, he also captained Netherlands to the final of the UEFA Nations League Tournament. With Liverpool, Van Dijk came close to winning the EPL falling agonizingly short by a single point. On the Individual front, he was the only defender in England, to not have been dribbled past over the course of the 2018/2019 season.
With a season that almost matches Cristiano Ronaldo’s in team accolades and Lionel Messi’s in individual exploits, it is clear that Virgil Van Dijk stands out the most and would be the perfect candidate to win the award of FIFA Best Men’s award 2019.
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