Van Dijk beats Hazard, Sterling to England Player of the Year Award

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has won the PFA Player of the Year award, beating Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, and Sadio Mane to the prestigious prize.

Vivianne Miedema, 22, who was voted women’s player of the year, on the day she won the Super League with Arsenal, beat Steph Houghton, Nikita Parris, Keira Walsh, Erin Cuthbert and Ji So-yun.

Dutch pair Van Dijk and Miedema are the first players from the same country to win PFA Player of the Year awards in the same year.

Virgil van Dijk and Vivianne Miedema

Virgil van Dijk and Vivianne Miedema are the first players from the same country to win PFA Player of the Year awards in the same year

Netherlands international Van Dijk, who joined from Southampton for £75 million last January, has helped Jurgen Klopp’s side establish the best defensive record in the Premier League.

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They are second in the Premier League and in the Champions League semifinals, with the 27-year-old’s contribution seeing him win the honour.

Manchester City forward Sterling won the men’s Young Player of the Year.

City also provided winners for two other awards, with England forward Georgia Stanway claiming the women’s young player prize and England captain Houghton receiving the PFA Special Achievement award.

Van Dijk succeeds Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah, who won in 2017-18, and is the first defender to take the award since Chelsea centre-back John Terry in 2004-05.

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Van Dijk becomes the second consecutive Liverpool player to win the award after forward Mohamed Salah was crowned Player of the Year 12 months ago.

He is the first defender to win the award since Chelsea centre-back John Terry in 2005.

“I think it’s the highest honour you can get as a player to get voted Player of the year by the players you play against every week. It’s special. I’m very proud and honoured to win,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and City’s Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva were also on the six-man shortlist, with the winner voted for by PFA members.

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Sterling did not go home empty-handed, however, as the 24-year-old City standout took home the Young Player of the Year Award.

Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway was voted women’s young player of the year.

 

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