The Liverpool defender joins the two European powerhouses after lifting the Champions League trophy in June
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been shortlisted alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the males’s UEFA Player of the Year award.
The talismanic centre-back helped information the Reds to European Cup glory, preserving a clear sheet as Jurgen Klopp’s males defeated Tottenham 2-Zero in Madrid.
The winner wil be introduced on August 29 throughout the Champions League attract Monaco.
Messi, the prime scorer in the Champions League, received the European Golden Shoe as he picked up his tenth La Liga title at Camp Nou.
Ronaldo additionally claimed home glory, serving to Juventus raise the Serie A title throughout his maiden season in Italy.
The nominees have been shortlisted having been chosen by a jury consisting of the 80 coaches who competed in final season’s Champions League and Europa League, as effectively as 55 journalists.
Jury members selected their prime trio, with the first participant receiving 5 factors, the second three and the third one.