For the second year running in the short history of the Serie A awards, the top prize of Most Valuable Player has been nabbed by a Juventus forward, with a new addition picking up the youth version of the award too.
In the season that the Bianconeri made it an unprecedented nine straight championships, the prize for Player of the Year went to Paulo Dybala. The 26-year-old scored 11 times and picked up 6 assists, often at key points of the season, to underscore his value to Juve.
Last season’s winner of the award was Cristiano Ronaldo and he will be disappointed to have missed out on the title despite scoring 31 times. He was nipped to the Best Forward title by Ciro Immobile of Lazio who scored 36 times to tie Gonzalo Higuain’s record for most goals in one season.
The Best Midfielder award went to Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez who inspired his Atalanta side to a second consecutive stellar season, driving La Dea into 3rd spot ahead of Lazio and into the Champions League again next season.
Inter Milan’s Stefan de Vrij picked up the prize for Best Defender, anchoring his side to the best defensive record in the league while there was another nod for a Juventus player with goalie Wojciech Szczesny getting the Best Goalkeeper mantle.
The Young Player of the Year was hotly contested, but there was only going to be one winner - Juventus’ on-loan forward Dejan Kulusevski had a stellar season for Parma with 10 goals and 8 assists on their way to a tenth-placed finish.