Defender Van Dijk helped Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid in June.
Unarguably the best players on the planet in the last 10 years, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are known to be eternal rivals as the duo love to outshine each other at individual awards.
I was curious because we've shared the stage here for 15 years.
"I'm ecstatic and super humbled to have won the award up against two fantastic players who I know really well at Lyon; two great girls, great players".
The Portuguese star said: "We have not had dinner together yet, but I hope so in the future".
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Other winners for the evening include Alisson Becker who was named goalkeeper of the year, Frenkie De Jong ( Midfielder of the year), while Lionel Messi was named ( Forward of the year). "People who don't like me will continue to see me here".
Bronze has won back-to-back Women's Champions League titles with Lyon.
"I need to thank all my team-mates and the staff". We have not yet had dinner but it is nice. "We had an incredible season, we won the treble and any one of those girls could have [won this award]".
Van Dijk kept five clean sheets in 12 appearances as well as scoring two goals and contributing two assists as the Merseyside club lifted the European Cup for a sixth time. The UEFA Player of the season.