Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has been named Footballer of the Year by sports writers in Germany.
The Association of German Sports Journalists (VDS), in conjunction with football magazine Kicker, gave the midfielder 185 of the 475 votes cast to ensure he won the award, which he was beaten to by Philipp Lahm in 2017-18, for the first time in his career.
The 28-year-old was a key member of the Madrid side that claimed a third successive Champions League title by beating Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev in May, adding to the UEFA Super Cup, Supercopa de Espana and Club World Cup titles claimed earlier in the season.
“It is and always will be an honour to be Footballer of the Year,” Kroos said. “This is a prize that is not easy to get, and not everyone gets.”