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Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong scoop UEFA awards

The best midfielder and the best forward of the Champions League

UEFA European Club Football Season Kick-Off 2019/2020 - UCL Draw Photo by Harold Cunningham - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Lionel Messi was named UEFA’s Forward of the Season, while Frenkie de Jong picked up the best midfielder award during the draw for the Champions League group stage on Thursday.

However, Messi missed out when it came to the UEFA Player of the Year Award, as Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk scooped the top prize.

The Barcelona captain was named the competition’s best forward, beating Sadio Mane and Ronaldo to the prize.

Meanwhile, Frenkie de Jong was named UEFA Midfielder of the Season for his performances in the competition with Ajax..

The 22-year-old scooped the award ahead of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen

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