The Swedish striker was named Serie A’s best player in the year of 2011 at the Oscar del Calcio awards. Also up for the award were Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi and Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo. Thiago Silva and Samir Handanovic were equally successful in this year’s ceremony.
Ibrahimovic, who netted 21 goals in 41 appearances last season, was awarded the same title back in 2009 in recognition of his final season with Inter Milan, though the Swede was already playing for Barcelona at the time of the awards ceremony.
Among the awards given out were titles for ‘Best Defender’, ‘Best Goalkeeper’ and ‘Best Foreign Player’. While Milan scooped up most of the prizes, it was Udinese who were named ‘Club of the Year’.
The winners for the rest of the awards, as well as their runners up, are as follows:
Oscar del Calcio winners
Best Coach: Massimiliano Allegri
Runners up: Francesco Guidolin, Walter Mazzarri
Best Goalkeeper: Samir Handanovic
Runners up: Christian Abbiati, Morgan De Sanctis
Best Defender: Thiago Silva
Runners up: Andrea Barzagli, Mehdi Benatia
Best Foreigner: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Also - Best Player)
Runners up: Edinson Cavani, Samuel Eto’o
Best Referee: Nicola Rizzoli
Runners up: Paolo Tagliavento, Paolo Valeri
Best Club: Udinese
Most Points: Milan (80 points)
Highest Goalscorer: Edinson Cavani (28 goals)
Team of the Year: Handanovic; Maggio, Thiago Silva, Nesta (on par withRanocchia), Armero; Hamsik, Boateng, Motta (on par with Marchisio) Ibrahimovic,Cavani, Di Natale