Centre-back Van Dijk also claimed the Defender of the Year prize, with Liverpool team-mate Alisson Becker winning Goalkeeper of the Year.
Messi was named the Forward of the Year award while his Barcelona team-mate Frenkie de Jong won Midfielder of the Year, however, De Jong won it for his performances playing for Ajax.
England defender Lucy Bronze was crowned the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year after helping her club Lyon win the Champions League for a sixth time.
Bronze beat Lyon team-mates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry to the award and becomes the first English recipient of the honour, voted for by top coaches in the women’s game and journalists.
The awards were handed out at the 2019/20 Champions League group stage draw in Monaco, which saw Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City learn which three teams they’d have to face in their respective bids to reach the knockout stage of the competition.
Liverpool will face Napoli, FC Salzburg and Genk in Group E, while Spurs take on Bayern Munich, Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade in Group B.
Europa League champions Chelsea face Ajax, Valencia and Lille in Group H on their return to Europe’s premier club competition.
Meanwhile, Premier League champions Manchester City will play Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta in Group C.
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Antoine Griezmann may well have completed his move to FC Barcelona this summer, but the World Cup winner clearly has a soft spot for Arsenal.
The 28-year-old posted a screenshot of his Football Manager game onto Twitter and revealed he is currently undertaking a save as the Gunners’ gaffer.
Time had elapsed in the game until 2023 and it is fair to say the former Atletico Madrid striker has assembled a world class squad.
Packed with a host of stars, there is not a single current squad member in the team, much to the chagrin of Alexandre Lacazette.
Replying to his France international colleague in the replies, Griezmann revealed that after winning the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup in 2021, he sold the striker to Huddersfield for £23.5million!
Unai Emery may have splashed the cash on the likes of Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe this summer, but the Spaniard will be envious of the side Griezmann has built at the Emirates.
But just who are the players Griezmann has picked for his Arsenal side? Given how much time has elapsed, there are a few ‘newgen’ players in the squad such as the goalkeeper – Hasan.
Below, talkSPORT.com has provided mini profiles on each real member of the team. ALl of the stats are from the game and are not the latest
Check out the sensational side Griezmann has created!
It’s never easy watching a talented young football team get torn apart by the vultures after a stunning season.
Ajax thrilled Europe last year with their carefree run to the Champions League semi-finals, dispatching powerhouses Real Madrid and Juventus on their way.
Most neutrals were rooting for them when they were eventually sent packing by Lucas Moura’s late strike at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Delightful midfield ace De Jong was already snared by Barcelona, a £65million fee was shelled out for the 21-year-old who is set to learn the ropes next to Sergio Busquets at the Camp Nou.
De Light’s future was uncertain with a possible extra season stay in Amsterdam mooted but after a battle between Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus, the commanding centre-back – just 19-years-old – left for Turin in a £67m switch.
The Ajax coffers were loaded and their rebuild has been impressive but they won’t abandon their academy aces either.
So who are the wonderkids who could help them pick up where they left off as they star their season with the Johan Cruyff Shield against PSV Eindhoven this weekend?
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With Nicolas Tagliafico back late due to his exertions with Argentina at the Copa America, 19-year-old Dest has gabbed his pre-season opportunities by the scruff of the neck.
Manager Ten Hag has been suitably impressed and already suggested he will start against PSV on Saturday.
An American youth international, he could be set for many more games across the season, particularly with Daley Sinkgraven sold to Bayer Levekusen.
With De Jong gone, the man who the Barcelona man replaced in the Ajax midfielder looks set to get another chance to build a career in Amsterdam.
The 21-year-old saw his 2018/19 curtailed by injury but could really make an impact this season should Ten Hag give him a run in the first XI.
His main competition will be new signing Razvan Marin.
Having burst onto the scene as the 17-year-old captain and free-kick maestro of Fortuna Sittard in 2017/18, Ajax snapped up the youngster in January 2018.
He spent the rest of the campaign back in Sittard before playing for Jong Ajax last season, making 29 Dutch second division games and making one appearance for the seniors.
This summer, with De Ligt gone, he’s looked the business in his place, comfortable on the ball and real leader.
Like Eiting, he faces competition from new signings with Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez coming in but you wouldn’t put it past him claiming a starting spot.
Tipped by fans for a breakthrough season, 20-year-old Lang may benefit the most from David Neres’ summer absence.
With the Brazilian away winning the Copa America, the ex-Feyenoord kid could well get minutes in the Johan Cruyff Shield and early in the campaign.
His showing against OFI Crete in pre-season was a particular highlight, while he can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger.
Still just 17, hopes are high for the midfielder and he’s another man who could push himself into the first-team reckoning this season.
Already composed and mature on the ball he can play in a number of roles in the centre of the pitch if required.
Having featured in pre-season, the 19-year-old could find himself splitting his time between the Eredivise and the Eerste Divisie with Jong Ajax as he continues his development in Amsterdam.
A spritely young left-sided centre-back, we backed Arsenal to target Martinez this summer but instead he’s moved to Ajax for £6.2m.
While some may baulk at his 5ft 9in height, the Argentine’s incredible technique with the ball at his feet makes him an attractive proposition in the modern game where centre-backs must be just as blessed with the ball as they are without it.
He’s got an excellent long range pass on him too if you’re looking for someone to spread the play. He’s can operate in a back-three or a back-four, and has also spent time at left-back, giving some versatility.
Set to be with Jong Ajax this year after a tough pre-season, the 19-year-old has bags of potential.
Pierie also has the potential to play at left-back and was being watched by Southampton.
Hilariously made to ‘write lines’ when he signed for the club from Emmen due to the fact he’s a Feyenoord fan.
At just 19 he was a first-team regular with his former club and looks set to join Dominik Kotarski in line to replace Andre Onana.
Another versatile player, Alvarez currently looks like the main man to ‘replace’ De Ligt in defence.
Comfortable on the ball, you’ll see him bring it out from the back – a lot, while he’s capable of playing at right-back and in defensive midfield.
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The former England international knows exactly what the Blaugrana are all about, having been a part of several memorable fIxtures between the sides – captaining the side for the the Champions League semi-final in 2011
“Barcelona are a team that I have some great memories of playing against, some good and some bad,” he told the club’s official website.
“I have always had a huge respect for them because when you play against Barcelona you know you are playing against, they say, more than a club, and I agree with that.
“We are very proud to be here to play this match.”
Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong are set to make their debuts for Barcelona, but Ernesto Valverde is set to be without a number of star names.
For Chelsea, both Tammy Abraham and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could be back after missing the defeat to Kawasaki Frontale through illness.
Midfielder N’Golo Kante has returned to the UK to undergo further rehab for a knee injury sustained towards the end of last season. The France international has not played a part in Chelsea’s pre-season thus far.
Chelsea are also without long-term absentees Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Antonio Rudiger as they continue their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.
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Although Christian Pulisic got his first minutes in a Chelsea shirt last time out, expect to see the experienced Pedro start initially against his former side.
Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are both likely to be vying for a starting berth alongside David Luiz next season, with Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta first choice full-backs.
Mason Mount and Ross Barkley have arguably been the stand-out performers for the Blues so far, Tiemoue Bakayoko is enjoying a strong return to form as well.
Frankie de Jong has admitted he thought he would play for Arsenal before making the move to Barcelona.
The 22-year-old has been hailed as one of the brightest young talents in world football and was a star of the Ajax side which reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.
The midfielder was key to their remarkable victories over Real Madrid and Juventus, and he would have been playing in the final had it not been for Lucas Moura’s last-gasp goal sending Spurs to the June showpiece in their place.
In order to escape his Parisian purgatory, there are even suggestions Neymar will sacrifice as much as HALF of his mammoth weekly wages to ensure he gets his return.
So with all this talent on display, how on earth will Barcelona be able to fit all of their best players onto the pitch?
Below, talkSPORT.com has assembled a potential starting XI for Barcelona next season, including the players they have already signed and some of the players linked with a move.
As mentioned above, 32-year-old Pique is nearing the end of his established career. Having a 19-year-old alongside him will not only help with the gruelling leg work, but allow the Spain international to mentor De Ligt in the same way Carles Puyol once helped him. Both prefer the right side but Pique may well shift to the left due to his experience.
Jordi Alba still loves to bomb on from left-back and the introduction of Frenkie De Jong to the Barca midfield will only further compliment the side.
De Jong typically operates as a pivot in midfield, but does so from the left-hand side. This in turn allows his full-back to maraud forward with little to no regard for his defensive duties.
But it is up front where Barca would be most impressive. With Griezmann and Neymar supplying Luis Suarez up front and Messi pulling strings in his usual free role from the right, the Champions League trophy could finally be returning to Barcelona.
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10. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace to Manchester United) – £50million
It perhaps wasn’t the position which needed the upgrade at Old Trafford but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a superb talent on his hands.
The right-back, nicknamed The Spider, will make them more solid at the back and has the potential to improve going forward given he was initially a winger in Crystal Palace’s academy.
9. Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon to Tottenham) – £55million
In what might be one of the deals of the summer, Spurs have upgraded their midfield by signing the French international.
Ndombele’s dribbling and incisive passing in the middle of the pitch will help Mauricio Pochettino’s team get back to their best after a campaign where they had to patch up their squad to make it through a gruelling injury-plagued year.
8. Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid) – £58million
One of the finest young poachers in world football, the Serbian was an inspired loan signing from Benfica by the Germans two summers ago.
After 34 goals in 70 games they jumped at the chance to activate a £7million clause in his contract back in April.
Just two months later they have sold him for almost ten times the amount – although around £10million is set to go to Benfica as part of their arrangement.
7. Rodri (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City) – £63million
With Fernandinho, aged 34, approaching the end of his career the time was right for Pep Guardiola to sign his eventual successor.
The Brazilian will get a new deal, so vital is he to the club, but expect Rodri to get plenty of game time after his huge move from LaLiga.
Rodri is often compared to Sergio Busquets so it’s easy to see why Man City have swooped.
6. Frenkie de Jong (Ajax to Barcelona) – £65milllion
What else can be said about the talented young Dutch midfielder?
De Jong showed Real Madrid, Juventus, and Tottenham his class in the Champions League, while England were also finding it tough against him in the UEFA Nations League.
He’s set to become a key player in Ernesto Valverde’s team almost immediately.
5. Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax to Juventus) – £67million
One of the most drawn out deals of the summer was final done with Juventus securing the much coveted signature of De Ligt.
Several of Europe’s top clubs tried to land the 19-year-old defender before he eventually elected to head to Turin.
4. Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich) – £80million
One of several departures from Diego Simeone’s side this summer, Hernandez was being tracked by the Bavarian behemoths for some time.
In the end the German side bit the bullet and paid the French World Cup winner’s release clause.
3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea to Real Madrid) – £88million
No surprises here. The Belgian was always looking likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer and this has now come to pass.
He’ll be heading to the Spanish capital and attempt to fill the boots of Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club last year.
2. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona) – £108million
The French World Cup winner’s long-running transfer saga finally ended when Barcelona announced his signing on July 12.
Griezmann’s move to the Nou Camp was one of football’s worst kept secrets, however the Catalans wanted to wait until they could activate his £108million release clause.
Atletico have contested the fee, arguing that Barcelona and Griezmann agreed a deal before the release clause dropped from £180million.
1. Joao Felix (Benfica to Atletico Madrid) – £113million
Now the second most expensive teenager ever behind Kylian Mbappe, the Portuguese wonderkid will play in LaLiga next year as a replacement for the outgoing Antoine Griezmann.
From his full breakthrough in the first-team at the start of January he scored 13 Primeira Liga goals in 19 games, as well as netting in the Europa League too.
He’s a creative force as well, registering eight assist in all competitions.
The 2018/19 Champions League has been one of the best competitions in recent memory.
There has been incredible drama from start to finish and every neutral will be hoping for more of the same in the final on June 1, which is live on talkSPORT.
In the last round, we witnessed two of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history when Liverpool and Tottenham both defied the odds to progress to the final in Madrid.
But who has made the Champions League Team of the Season? talkSPORT.com has given its verdict.
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ALISSON BECKER has had a superb debut season following his arrival from Roma for £68m and without him the Reds certainly wouldn’t have made it to the final.
The Liverpool shot-stopper put in a string of fine saves against Barcelona, particularly in the second leg of the tie where he remarkably came out with a clean sheet.
However, his most important save of the competition came in Liverpool’s final group game against Napoli, where he incredibly denied Arkadiusz Milik from point blank range to keep his side in the competition.
The left-back spot was a toss-up between JORDI ALBA and Andy Robertson but ultimately the Spaniard’s stats have been phenomenal in the competition.
Alba has provided five assists in his 11 appearances – the joint highest this season – and no player has made more crosses into the box in the tournament this campaign.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK and MATTHIJS DE LIGT have both been outstanding defensively and have been instrumental for their teams with their leadership qualities.
Both defenders have popped up with goals at crucial stages of the competition, too.
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD takes the right-back slot with ease, having provided three assists in the competition and showing the presence of mind to play the ball to Divock Origi to finish from a corner to complete the dramatic comeback against Barcelona.
It’s amazing to think how far MOUSSA SISSOKO has come in the Lilywhite shirt.
He is now one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most important players and he changed the tie as soon as he came on against Ajax in the semi-final first leg.
He changed the game with his powerful surging runs as soon as he set foot on the pitch and he continued to cause trouble for the Dutch side in the second leg. Without Sissoko, Spurs would be nowhere near the final.
FRENKIE DE JONG takes the other spot in front of defence for his assured displays throughout the campaign.
The Dutch midfielder has the incredible ability to always play the right pass and keep play ticking over in midfield. Barcelona have a real dime in their ranks.
SADIO MANE has had another great season in the Champions League, chipping in with four goals in Liverpool’s run to the final.
The Senegalese international works tirelessly for his side and caused problems for Barcelona throughout the semi-final tie.