UEFA reveals 2019 Team of the Year

2020-01-15 15:08
Virgil Van Dijk
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Cape Town - on Wednesday revealed fans' 2019 Team of the Year that includes seven players making their first appearance after over two million votes were cast.

UEFA Team of the Year:

Goalkeeper of the Season: Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

A UEFA Champions League winner in his first campaign at Anfield, the Brazilian was named Goalkeeper of the Season for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League campaign and kept 21 clean sheets as the Reds finished Premier League runners-up.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

The youngest player to start successive Champions League finals, he was named in the official 2018/19 Squad of the Season and, domestically, set a Premier League record for most assists by a defender in a campaign (12).

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus)

A star in defence as Ajax won a domestic double and reached the Champions League semi-finals, scoring a last-eight winner against Juventus – who he want on to join last summer - to cement his place in the 2018/19 Squad of the Season.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

The UEFA Men's Player of the Year and Champions League Defender of the Season was man of the match in the final, then finished runner-up for both the Best FIFA Men's Player award and Ballon d'Or.

Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

Robertson made the 2018/19 Squad of the Season, provided 13 assists in all competitions last term and scored his first Champions League goal in October.

Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona)

Named Champions League Midfielder of the Season, he won the Dutch double and was named the Eredivisie Player of the Season before a high-profile move from Ajax to Barcelona.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Another selected in the 2018/19 Champions League Squad of the Season, the midfielder won a domestic treble with Manchester City and inspired Belgium to become the first team to qualify for UEFA EURO 2020.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

The 2018/19 Champions League Forward of the Season, 12-goal top scorer and first player to score in 15 successive seasons in the competition, Messi racked up a half-century of goals for the ninth time in the last ten years.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Another stellar 12 months for the evergreen Ronaldo, who added maiden Serie A and UEFA Nations League titles to his already bulging trophy cabinet. Aged 34 but still talismanic for both club and country.

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)

The second-highest scorer in the 2018/19 Champions League topped the charts in the Bundesliga (22) and German Cup (7) - both won by Bayern - before becoming the first man to score in the opening 11 games of a Bundesliga campaign. Top scored in this season's Champions League group stage with ten goals.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool)

The 2018/19 Champions League Squad of the Season member was also the Premier League's joint top scorer – he has since reached 100 appearances and brought up 50 league goals for Liverpool. Named 2019 African Player of the Year.

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