Pairing with John Stones at the heart of the City’s defense, Dias was essential to the Citizens’ stunning season, where they turn a poor start to the season into an outstanding season to remember.
Joining the Citizens from Benfica on an eye-catching $74.80m deal last summer, the 24-year-old could establish himself as a cornerstone of Pep Guardiola’s defensive tactics in a season they reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history, as well as winning the Premier League title 12 points clear of second-placed Manchester United.
The Citizens won 23 of the 32 Premier League matches the Portuguese appeared as he has also helped the club to win the Carabao Cup for the fourth successive year.
After Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, former City captain Vincent Kompany and Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, the Manchester City’s centre-back becomes the fourth defender to win the prize in the Premier League era, and this is the second year in a row that a Citizens’ player has won the award. City’s Belgian playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, was named Premier League Player of the Season last year.
Dias has also been named in the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Team of the Year for his outstanding debut season at Etihad.