Champions League final man of the match: Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named UEFA Champions League final man of the match by the UEFA Technical Observers.

Victory tastes sweet for Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk
Victory tastes sweet for Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk ©Getty Images

UEFA's technical observers have chosen Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk as their UEFA Champions League final man of the match.

FINAL AS IT HAPPENED

Van Dijk: We wanted to write our own history
Van Dijk: We wanted to write our own history

Mohamed Salah, Divock Origi and even Jürgen Klopp will no doubt take the headlines, but Van Dijk was at the heart of yet another commanding display from the Reds. His calm permeated across the back line and no doubt played a huge role in yet another clean sheet.

Thomas Schaaf, leader of the UEFA Technical Observers in Madrid, said: "Van Dijk showed outstanding leadership and was Liverpool's best defender. He made crucial interventions when needed and played with a cool head throughout."

Virgil van Dijk in action against Tottenham
Virgil van Dijk in action against Tottenham©Getty Images

Van Dijk, after collecting his award at a post-match press conference, said: "In the second half we were sitting back a bit and they put pressure on us, but overall I think we're deserved Champions League winners.

"[Klopp] is a fantastic manager and a fantastic human being. It's an amazing environment to be in and I'm really proud to play for this beautiful club. We're all ambitious and we all want to have these kinds of nights so let's go for it – work hard and stay humble. I expect a lot from the party today and tomorrow!"

UEFA technical observers: Thomas Schaaf, Peter Rudbæk, David Moyes, Raúl González, Packie Bonner, Michael O'Neill, Gareth Southgate, Roberto Martínez and Ginés Meléndez. 

Previous men of the match

Gareth Bale collected the award last year
Gareth Bale collected the award last year©Getty Images

2018: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
2017
: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2016: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
2015: Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
2014: Ángel Di María (Real Madrid)
2013: Arjen Robben (Bayern München)
2012: Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
2011: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2010: Diego Milito (Inter Milan)
2009
: Xavi Hernández (Barcelona)
2008: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United)
2007: Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan)
2006: Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona)
2005: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
2004: Deco (Porto)
2003: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
2002: Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid)
2001: Oliver Kahn (Bayern München)

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