Virgil van Dijk and Daniëlle van de Donk have been given a place in the best team of 2020, compiled by UEFA. The European Football Association also presented a womens team for the first time this year.
Many Orange players were looking forward to an election, because besides Van de Donk her teammates were also nominated for Arsenal Vivianne Miedema and Jill Roord. Just like Dominique Janssen (VfL Wolfsburg) and Sari van Veenendaal (PSV).
Despite his election, Van Dijk will look back on the last calendar year with a lot less pleasure.
The captain of Oranje suffered a severe knee injury in October, which makes it uncertain whether he will be able to participate in the European Championships next summer. However, he became champion with Liverpool, the first national title for the club in thirty years.
Fifteen times Ronaldo
Matthijs de Lit (Juventus), Stefan de Vrije (Internazionale), and Hans Hateboer (Atalanta Bergamo) also had a chance to win a spot in the team, which now mainly consists of players from Champions League winner Bayern Munich.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) is already in the Elftal of the Year for the fifteenth time, three times more often than Lionel Messi.