Journalists chose Artem Dzyuba
Forward of Russian National team and FC Zenit (Saint- Petersburg) Artem Dzyuba is recognized the best player of the year according to the polls of “Football weekly”. The winner got 614 points. CSKA goalkeeper and a former National team’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is the second with 245 points. Another CSKA and a national team’s player Mario Fernandez received the third place (215 points). All the three took part in the FIFA World Cup last summer.
“There were lots of open discourses that Dzyuba was in the twilight of his career. There were so much loud articles saying that I had drained myself as a player. But you never should stop and give up. Believe in yourself, work and everything will come. And also believe in good and there will be people who will support you even when you don’t expect it” - Football weekly quotes Dzyuba.
277 journalists of leading media and representatives of different press-offices took part in the poll-2018. Each respondent could name three best Russia’s players for a calendar year - Russians or foreigners playing in the Russian clubs, but each of them had to hold not less than 10 matches per year (for foreign players - not less than 10 matches for Russian clubs). For the first place 3 points were given, for the second - two points, and for the third one - 1 point. 161 journalists put Dzyuba on the first place, 28 journalists - on the second and 3 ones - on the third place.
“Football weekly” defined the best player for the first time in 1964. Valery Voronin from FC Torpedo was voted the best then. Forward Oleg Blokhin became the leader during USSR period, as he won this title three times. In modern Russia 5 footballers became the winners twice: Viktor Onopko, Egor Titov, Dmitry Los’kov, Roman Shirokov and Seidu Dumbia.
Check the ftbl.ru for a detailed information about voting.
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