The 24-year-old Manchester City defender received the prestigious award at the Champions League draw ceremony on Thursday in Istanbul.

Ruben Dias won the award beating Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rüdiger.

Arrived in September 2020 from Benfica, Ruben Dias has established himself as one of the pillars of the iron defense of the Cityzens who conceded only five goals during the last Champions League campaign, even keeping their clean sheet eight times.

This superb defensive performance was one of the key factors in this course which saw Manchester City play the very first final in their history in the competition. Dias shone with his presence and leadership in the Skyblues rearguard.

“I would like to tell you that I am very happy to receive this distinction. It means a lot to me. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this success. », Declared the Portuguese defender.

For Ruben Dias, this individual award comes on top of those already won earlier this year.

Our defender was honored three times last season: English Football Association player of the year, Premier League best player and Manchester City best player of the season.