Van Dijk and Miedema grab PFA player of the year awards

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Published on April 28, 2019 - Duration: 00:55s

Van Dijk and Miedema grab PFA player of the year awards

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk picks up the PFA player of the year award alongside Dutch compatriot and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema.

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Van Dijk and Miedema grab PFA player of the year awards

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 28, 2019) (THE PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS ASSOCIATION - NO RESALES) 1.

(MUTE) LIVERPOOL AND DUTCH DEFENDER VIRGIL VAN DIJK AND ARSENAL AND DUTCH STRIKER VIVIANNE MIEDEMA POSE WITH THEIR PFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD TROPHIES 2.

(MUTE) VARIOUS OF VAN DIJK SPEAKING TO JOURNALIST 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL AND DUTCH DEFENDER VIRGIL VAN DIJK, PFA MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR, SAYING: "It's pretty difficult to put it into words.

I think it's the highest honour you can get as a player, to get voted player of the year by obviously the players you play against every week.

Yeah, it's special, it's special, and I'm very proud and honoured to obviously win it." 4.

(MUTE) VAN DIJK POSING ALONGSIDE MIEDEMA 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) VIVIANNE MIEDEMA, PFA WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR, SAYING: "I'm obviously really proud to actually represent my team here, I think we've had an amazing year, especially with winning the league today, I'm just really happy I could have helped my team all season long with scoring goals, and I think it means a lot at the end to me." 6.

MIEDEMA LISTENING STORY: Dutch duo Virgil van Dijk and Vivianne Miedema won the top honours at the PFA player of the year awards on Sunday (April 28).

Liverpool defender Van Dijk was the first defender to win the men's PFA player of the year award since John Terry in 2005, while Arsenal's Miedema took the prize after a stunning title-winning season where she averaged more than a goal per game.

Van Dijk beat off tough competition from the likes of Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and teammate Sadio Mane.

Miedema also finished ahead of a trio of Manchester City finalists in her category - Nikita Parris, Keira Walsh and Steph Houghton, as well as Chelsea duo Erin Cuthbert and Ji So-Yun.

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