Toni Kroos has been awarded Footballer of the Year by sports writers in Germany for the first time.
Regardless of a disappointing World Cup with Germany, the Real Madrid midfielder landed 185 of the 475 votes cast by the Association of German Sports Journalists, in conjunction with football magazine, Kicker to win the German Footballer Of The Year award.
“It is and always will be an honour to be Footballer of the Year,” Kroos told Kicker.
Former Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes beat Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco to win the Coach of the Year award.
“I am very pleased that I have been voted Coach of the Year by journalists,” Heynckes said.
Asked about Kroos, he added:”When I got word from Kicker that Toni Kroos was voted Footballer of the Year, I was very happy for him.
“In my long career as a coach I had a tremendous number of talented players, but with Toni Kroos I quickly felt he was willing to take the professional path.”
Meanwhile, Lyon’s Dzsenifer Marozsan was given Women’s Footballer of the Year award for the second time in succession after success in the Champions League.