These prizes, awarded by UEFA according to performances during the last Champions League, have nothing to do with the 'THE Best' prize, awarded by FIFA and which will take place on September 23 In Milan. Here are the players awarded by UEFA:
Alisson was elected the best goalkeeper of the season. The Brazilian goalkeeper was proud of the year achieved with Liverpool, with whom he won the Champions League.
"I want to thank all my friends and teammates who supported me to get there, I think I deserve it because we had a good season", said Liverpool goalkeeper.
The other guards who opted for this title were Hugo Lloris, who arrived in the final of the international tournament with Tottenham, and Ter Stegen, who eliminated in the semi-finals of the most beautiful European competitions against the club of Jürgen Klopp
The player voted UEFA best defender of the year is Virgil Van Dijk. The Liverpool defense leader had a superlative season, being the cornerstone of the Klopp system at the Reds.
He was definitely the main favorite, having played everything with Liverpool and lifting the Great Ears Cup.
Ajax deserved to have one player among the winners and it had to be Frenkie De Jong, captain of the Ajax midfielder, who amazed the whole of Europe.
Asked about the feat achieved by Ajax, De Jong replied with humility: "It was a great season for us. I do not know how we did it. We tried to follow the tactical plan given to us by our coach and we achieved good results. "
The dream of Ajax and The current FC Barcelona player finally went up in the last second of the semi-final return because of a goal from Lucas Moura.
In front of Sadio Mané and Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi won the award for best striker of the season after leading Barça in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The Argentinian was, without a doubt, the best player of Barça, who finally could not avoid the historic furada at Anfield, after an exhibition of the Argentine star in the first leg at Camp Nou.
Messi knows what his goal is: to surpass himself "on the individual level and get the goals set by the club"The Argentine has warned his opponents." This season, we will retry our chance, "he concluded.
Virgil van Dijk won the title of player of the year in Europe last season. His level in the Champions League, and his leadership in domestic competitions allowed him to win this award.
"I would like to thank my family, the road was long and hard, when I was 18 I had to work, go little by little and I am very proud and very happy. This trophy is for all those who have supported me throughout my career, "said Van Dijk.
He also sent a message of admiration to Messi and Cristiano, with whom he was competing. "I am very happy to be here, next to two players who have done so much for football".
On the climb against Barça, Van Dijk admitted that it was "unthinkableFor the first leg (3-0), however, the Dutchman admitted that "the atmosphere was spectacular".It was a fantastic night"he concluded.