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|Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by ogbiwa: 5:11am On Apr 29, 2019|
Dutch duo Virgil van Dijk and Vivianne Miedema have won the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year awards for 2018-19 in the men and women categories respectively.
Liverpool defender Van Dijk, 27, beat Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane and Eden Hazard in the vote by his fellow players.
Arsenal forward Miedema, 22, beat Steph Houghton, Nikita Parris, Keira Walsh, Erin Cuthbert and Ji So-Yun.
Manchester City forward Sterling won the men's young player prize.
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 for 2017-18, and is the first defender to take the award since Chelsea centre-back John Terry in 2005.
Miedema, who helped Arsenal clinch their first Women's Super League title since 2012 earlier on Sunday, follows Chelsea and England striker Fran Kirby.
The rock at the heart of Liverpool's title challenge
Van Dijk has been one of the key players in Liverpool's ongoing title challenge this season, playing in every one of their Premier League fixtures.
Signed in January 2018 from Southampton for a world record fee for a defender of £75m, the Netherlands international has been a rock at the heart of the Reds' defence.
Liverpool have kept 19 clean sheets from the 36 league games in which Van Dijk has played this season, 28 of which they have won.
He has also contributed three goals and two assists during the campaign.
"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," said Van Dijk.
"It's special. I'm very proud and honoured to receive it."
Van Dijk could still end the season with a Premier League winner's medal as Liverpool currently trail Manchester City by a single point with two matches remaining.
Chelsea playmaker Hazard, who won in 2015, was also nominated alongside the City trio of Aguero, Silva and Sterling, and Van Dijk's Liverpool team-mate Mane.
Sterling goes close to senior prize but wins young player award instead
Many believed it was a two-horse race between Van Dijk and Sterling for the men's Player of the Year award.
Instead Sterling, 24, takes the young player prize, beating City team-mate Bernado Silva, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
He also succeeds City team-mate Leroy Sane in winning the award.
England international Sterling has enjoyed another extremely effective season for reigning champions Manchester City, scoring 17 goals and providing 10 assists.
He could end the season with a domestic treble of winner's medals, having already won the Carabao Cup with City, who lead the title race and face Watford in the FA Cup final on 18 May.
Sterling has also received recognition for his stance against racism in football this season, having criticised newspapers' portrayal of black players and calling for stronger punishments for supporters who racially abuse players.
Van Dijk wins BBC readers' and pundits' votes
Van Dijk was also the pick of both the BBC Sport readers and pundits.
The Dutchman received 56% of votes by BBC Sport readers, with Sterling in second place on 26%.
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, who was not shortlisted for the PFA award, got 6% of votes in third.
Twenty-one pundits - Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Alex Scott, Paul Ince, Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas, Rachel Brown-Finnis, Stephen Warnock, Chris Sutton, Pat Nevin, Danny Mills, Mark Lawrenson, Martin Keown, Danny Murphy, Chris Waddle, Leon Osman, Sue Smith, Joleon Lescott, Mark Schwarzer, Matthew Upson and Kevin Kilbane - chose their top six performers of 2018-19.
Van Dijk and Sterling were their two outstanding candidates, with the former earning 14 votes to the latter's seven.
Both were selected in a PFA Premier League team of the year dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City players.
Van Dijk was joined by Reds team-mates Alexander-Arnold, Mane and Andrew Robertson, while Sterling has City colleagues Aguero, Silva, Ederson, Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte for company.
The only non-Liverpool or City player in the side is Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba - a selection that has been met with some criticism.
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Megatrix: 5:15am On Apr 29, 2019|
Congrats to him, the award is well deserved
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by GavelSlam: 5:23am On Apr 29, 2019|
This former Celtic player people glossed over eventually became the best player in the English premier league.
Arsenal can continue playing the miser's game.
Eventually , the stadium would begin to experience spectator apathy.
Well deserved Virgil.
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Alamu1111: 5:31am On Apr 29, 2019|
Ok good for him
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by lawaljuliuss(m): 5:35am On Apr 29, 2019|
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Zuorom: 5:37am On Apr 29, 2019|
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by luvola(m): 5:51am On Apr 29, 2019|
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Corrosiveman(m): 6:27am On Apr 29, 2019|
The only award LooserFools would celebrate this season.....Besides how is this guy a good defender when he have been Chopping Goals in Celtic anyway he is a product of English media hype so its nothing new
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Karleb(m): 6:46am On Apr 29, 2019|
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Umarzy(m): 6:48am On Apr 29, 2019|
Guy. You again? This guy and hate are 5 & 6.i thought you are only against CR7, i don't know you still have hatred with Liverpool and virgil. Why is your life like this?. Am sure if you even see a rat or goat doing well among their pairs, you will still hate. Like, what's your Aim in life?
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Umarzy(m): 6:51am On Apr 29, 2019|
Why is the guy life like that. Everytime he keeps hating.....imagine hating van dijk. Not even a striker o. At least if someone can't celebrate another success. He should just STFU.
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Corrosiveman(m): 6:56am On Apr 29, 2019|
Umarzy:......Are you a looserfool supporter?......You will never win Anything YNWA
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Karleb(m): 7:05am On Apr 29, 2019|
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Umarzy(m): 7:05am On Apr 29, 2019|
For your information, am not a Liverpool supporter, but always try to display maturity. Someone just win PFA of the year and you just start hating. Like, what's your aim in life?.to just sit somewhere, only for some teams or guys to achieve success in their life career which you haven't achieved 10% of that and you just start hating? One of the problems we have as a Country. Why Nigerians no just wan get sense for God's sake.
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Corrosiveman(m): 7:12am On Apr 29, 2019|
Umarzy:....But isnt this the same Van dijk that use to chop goals in Celtic?
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Umarzy(m): 7:17am On Apr 29, 2019|
Is celtic now Liverpool. Have you watched all his premier league matches this season? Have you watched his UCL match.? So, if you got admission to a university and you have records of not performing well, and you got transferred to another university and worked hard to have a First Class or 2 1,so, because you didn't do well in your previous school, we should use that against you and withhold the certificate?
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Dalexicographer(m): 10:34am On Apr 29, 2019|
Make Messi catch am
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by 9jayes: 10:34am On Apr 29, 2019|
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Pavore9: 10:40am On Apr 29, 2019|
How soaked up in hate you have become!
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by MrThisandthat(m): 10:40am On Apr 29, 2019|
Thank God... At least this is a post that has got nothing to do with Regina Daniels..
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Lawrry(m): 10:40am On Apr 29, 2019|
When you SHOPRITE in the transfer market ,this is what you get.
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by KingLennon(m): 10:41am On Apr 29, 2019|
This guy is the complete defender after maldini, cannavaro, puyol, Vidic and Terry
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by seuncyrus(m): 10:41am On Apr 29, 2019|
vvd is arguably the best defender in the world . And think about it, Klopp paid 75m for a defender who was virtually unknown and now he's a superstar.
He bought mane & vvd from southampton
wijnaldum from newcastle
bought salah when thr world couldn't recognise he was a gem
look at robertson, Gomez , fabinho ,matip
Klopp surely has a eye for good talent and how to bring the best out of them #YNWA
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Flashh: 10:41am On Apr 29, 2019|
We know him to always push players to mark for him, before he would make attempt and win the interception.
Come at Messi one-on-one on Wednesday, and see your downfall.
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|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Ewedegubbler: 10:42am On Apr 29, 2019|
He will meet the GOAT this week and we will see how good he is. They say you will never know the meaning of fear until you come face to face with a Lion.....
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Lanretoye(m): 10:42am On Apr 29, 2019|
before it was raheem Sterling and now it is can djik.
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by MYGRATEskillz(m): 10:43am On Apr 29, 2019|
BARCA READYING TO CASH IN...
you know the cycle goes.
|Re: Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year by Dollarryy: 10:44am On Apr 29, 2019|
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