VIRGIL VAN DIJK has been named as Uefa’s Champions League Player of the Year.
The Liverpool defender beat Barcelona icon Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to the award.
After he picked up the prize, he said: “I’m very proud to get this trophy and it’s all credit to everyone that has helped me along the way.”
The Dutch defender then revealed that he idolised Brazil legend Ronaldinho as he grew up.
He added: “I looked up to a young player as Ronaldinho as he had so much joy in the way he played – with his tricks.
“It was a great feeling to watch him play. “