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 - Toni Kroos Announces Retirement From International Football
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 - Toni Kroos, German Football Icon, Set to Announce International Retirement After EURO 2020 Exit: Reports
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 - VIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos Bromance After Germany Beat Portugal 4-1 in EURO 2020 Clash Goes Viral
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.