Real Madrid’s Champions League winner Toni Kroos has been named German footballer of the year for the first time, Kicker magazine said on Sunday. Also Read - Marcelo Takes Knee as Real Madrid Beat Eibar 3-1 on La Liga Return

The title would be his second after previously winning the title after the FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign. Kroos is known for his versatile style of playing, operating from the deep-lying midfield with long balls. He provides strikers with great opportunities from the midfield and creates spaces from tight angles. Also Read - Stunner From Kroos as Real Madrid Thump Valencia to Reach Spanish Super Cup Final

Kroos, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid in May, stood out with 185 votes from sports journalists ahead of Freiburg striker Nils Petersen (39 votes) and Schalke’s Brazilian defender Naldo (with 38). Also Read - Real Madrid Midfielder Toni Kroos Signs Four-Year Contract Extension

Kroos a rare bright spot in a German side that crashed out of the World Cup group stage as title holders, was second last year behind former Bayern Munich teammate Philipp Lahm.

“Footballer of the year — that’s a prize you do not get so easily — and most importantly not everyone can win it,” Kroos said in a statement.

Jupp Heynckes was voted coach of the year for leading Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title in May before retiring.