UEFA, in the draw for the Champions League group stage, has also named the best player of the LCC season 2018-2019. Three players were in contention for the coronation, the inevitable Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) and Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) and the talented Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. In the end, it was the 28-year-old Dutchman who reaped the sympathy of the jury, composed of coaches (80) and (55) journalists who selected three players, giving them five points, three points and one point respectively. point. Virgil van Dijk, at this game, has collected 305 in front of Messi 207 and Ronaldo 74. So he is crowned Player of the Year.
UEFA also named the best players of the season at their posts, goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards. As for the cage, it was the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker of Liverpool who was elected Keeper of the Season, ahead of Marc-André ter Stegen Barcelona and Hugo Lloris Tottenham. In the Defender of the Season category, a redundancy is his Virgil van Dijk who wins the title while Midfielder of the season returns to another Dutchman formerly at Ajax and today in Barcelona Frenkie de Jong. From his 222 pts he was awarded top crampon ahead of Christian Eriksen Tottenham 60 pts and Jordan Henderson Liverpool (59 pts.
The attacker of the season has obviously returned to the "Pulga". Lionel Messi top scorer of the competition has done better (285 pts) that the Senegalese Sadio Mané of the Liverpool Reds (109 pts) and his best enemy Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus (91 pts) who he almost missed for two or three votes the podium in favor of Mohamed Salah Liverpool (83 pts) ).
If Virgil van Dijk has made everyone agree on his coronation, he owes it to his talent. The impassable defender made a big contribution to Liverpool's sixth European title. The fact that he was elected Man of the Match in the UEFA LDC Madrid final will have played in his favor. For a defender Van Dijk has also displayed a tendency to attack. His opportunistic presence on opposing surfaces as well as his imposing physique, contributed several times throughout the competition to make him score goals.
This being the case, the draw has given rise to some pretty confrontations similar to those of the Death Group (F) which is composed of Barcelona, Dortmund, Inter Milan and draft Slavia Prague. Others, also promising great strikes in the image of Group H where Ajax, Chelsea, Valencia and the tough Lille LOSC should fight with crampons pulled for two seats in the sun.
Real and PSG in Group A should not have too much trouble ahead of Brugge and Belhanda Galarasaray for the leadership of their pool. Juventus and Atlético de Madrid meet once again, they will have for spoilsports the Bayer Leverkusen and the Moscow Locomotiv. Group G is undecided with formations that are worth Zenit of St Petersburg, the O. Lyon, Benfica and RB Leipzig. Finally the two English terrors of the exercise, Liverpool and Manchester City should not worry too much because, apart from FC Naples for the first, there are no real rivals on the horizon. It should pass!