Frenkie de Jong has won the Midfielder of the Season award for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League campaign following his performances for Ajax.
The 22-year-old became one of the hottest properties in European football as the Amsterdam club battled their way through to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, before losing out to Tottenham. Barcelona confirmed in January that the Dutchman would move to Camp Nou in time for the 2019/20 season.
Midfielder of the Season top ten
1 Frenkie de Jong (Ajax, now Barcelona) – 222 points
2 Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 60 points
3 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – 59 points
4 Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – 52 points
5 Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) – 48 points
6 Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham) – 22 points
7 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 21 points
8= Dušan Tadić (Ajax) – 20 points
8= Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) – 20 points
10= Donny van de Beek (Ajax) – 19 points
10= Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) – 19 points
Former player and coaches have heaped praise on the now Barcelona player;
“He is always calm and always has the solution. He scans [the game] so well that he always knows how to go forward. You can hardly put him under pressure – that is such a great gift.”
Erik ten Hag, Ajax coach
“I really think he is a revelation. You might laugh, but he is a better version of Franz Beckenbauer. People must interpret that properly. What I really mean is that he also has speed and passes easily. That’s an enormous weapon.”
Arie Haan, former Ajax and Netherlands midfielder
How was De Jong was chosen?
The jury consisted of coaches of the 32 clubs in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage, together with 55 journalists who were chosen by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.
Coaches are not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.
The Jury members chose their top three players per position, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one.
Players whom obtain the most points in each category are named the outright winner.