Liverpool defender has been named the Premier League Player of the Season following a memorable campaign for the Netherlands international.
Marked for £75 million ($95m) from Southampton in January 2018, Van Dijk has upset the Reds’ backline this season as they fought for a first class title in 29 years.
The 27-year-old beat off any semblance of Raheem Sterling, Eden Hazard and partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to take the prize after fan cast a ballot were joined with those of a board of specialists.
Manchester pair Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero joined club-mate Sterling on the seven-man waitlist for an honor which has recently been won by any semblance of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry.
Van Dijk turns into the second progressive Liverpool player to win the prize after Salah’s achievement in 2017-18 and fourth generally speaking, with Luis Suarez and Michael Owen having likewise brought home the honor amid their separate occasions at Anfield.