WHO is the 2019 European best player will be known to coincide with the draw of the 2019-2020 Champions League Group Group held in Monaco on Wednesday August 28 2019. So far, the European Football Federation (UEFA) has not announced who the nominations are likely to lift the individual trophy.
Even so, if based on performance in the 2018-2019 season, there are five players who have a great opportunity to win this prestigious title. Later, the five players will be selected by 80 coaches whose teams take part in the 2018-2019 Champions League and European League, plus 55 journalists whose countries are affiliated with UEFA. Who are the players in question?
5. Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax Amsterdam/Juventus)
He is only 19 years old, but the maturity of the performance has been shown by De Ligt. Not only strong in defense, but the 188 centimeter height player can also be relied upon to assist in the attack. Evidenced in the 2018-2019 season, he collected seven goals.
De Ligt’s role in defense and occasionally helped the attack lift Ajax Amsterdam’s achievements. Die Amsterdammers – Ajax nickname – recorded collecting two titles in the 2018-2019 season, namely the Dutch League and the Dutch Cup, and advanced to the Champions League semifinals. For this reason, Juventus dared to bring De Ligt for 85.5 million euros in the 2019 summer transfer window.
4. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
If the assessment is a trophy with the team in the 2018-2019 season, Messi is not exactly successful. He only brought Barcelona won the Spanish League trophy, and was eliminated in the Copa del Rey final and the Champions League semifinals. However, if the assessment of individual performance, La Pulga – nickname Messi – no doubt.
He collected 51 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions with Barcelona. In fact, the 32-year-old striker won the Spanish League and Champions League top score status and was entitled to win the European Golden Boot trophy. So far, Messi has recorded two of Europe’s best player trophies, precisely in 2011 and 2015.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
By the number of goals, Ronaldo is not as good as Messi in the 2018-2019 season. The 34-year-old footballer only scored 28 goals in 43 matches in all competitions with Juventus. Even so, the achievement was counted amazing, considering 2018-2019 was Ronaldo’s first season defending the Old Lady.
In addition, Ronaldo is classy with the team. In total, he collected three trophies such as the Italian League and the Italian Super Cup (Juventus) and the UEFA Nations League (Portugal). Even in the three venues, Ronaldo contributed each.
Ronaldo was listed as Juventus’ top scorer in the Italian League with 21 goals. He also scored Juventus’s 1-0 win over AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup. Then, Ronaldo bought up all of Portugal’s goals in the 3-0 win over Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League semifinals. So far, Ronaldo has collected three of Europe’s best player trophies, namely in 2013, 2016 and 2017.
2. Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
Alisson Becker performed spectacularly with Liverpool and Brazil throughout 2018-2019. Noted, he won the golden glove trophy (best goalkeeper) in three different events, namely the English Premier League, Champions League and Copa America.
He brought Liverpool to win the 2018-2019 Champions League trophy after a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the party. Then in the 2019 Copa America, Alisson conceded just one goal throughout the tournament, precisely when Brazil won 3-1 over Peru in the final.
1. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
Van Dijk is still the strongest candidate for the 2019 European Footballer of the Year award, although he won only one title throughout the 2018-2019 season. The Dutch passport defender performed superbly in the 2018-2019 season, while changing Liverpool’s fortunes from a team that likes to concede, becoming a club that has a tight defense.
Evidence of Van Dijk’s consistency is presented from statistics that say, not a single player can pass the Dutchman in the 2018-2019 English League. In addition, Van Dijk also often helps Liverpool in set piece situations. In the 2018-2019 season, Van Dijk collected six goals and two of them were created in the Champions League.