Who is AC Milan’s Player of the Season?

Goal.com names the top three standout performers for the Rossoneri in 2011-12 and then declares the overall winner. Have your say below.
AC Milan has certainly not been at its best this term, but while the club has lost its Serie A title to Juventus, it they can hold its head up high after playing its part in one of the most thrilling Scudetto races in recent years.

Massimiliano Allegri's men have been severely handicapped by the injury-enforced absences of key players such as Kevin-Prince Boateng, Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta for lengthy spells. Antonio Cassano and Gennaro Gattuso have only just returned to action after career-threatening heart and eye problems respectively, while Alexandre Pato has been out for nearly the entire campaign with a nagging and mystifying muscle problem.

The Rossoneri also missed out on their top transfer target during the January window, failing to land Carlos Tevez after the collapse of Pato's move to Paris Saint-Germain, and instead ended up being forced to settle for Maxi Lopez, who has been used only sporadically.

As for Europe, Milan performed well in the Champions League, holding its own against Barcelona in the group stages, drawing at Camp Nou and losing 3-2 in the return, before producing the club's best performance of the season in routing Arsenal 4-0 in their last 16 first leg meeting at San Siro. Ultimately, though, the club only just managed to scrape past the Gunners, after losing 3-0 at the Emirates, and its run was eventually brought to a halt by Barca in the last eight.

Below, in alphabetical order, are Goal.com's three nominees for Milan’s Player of the Season, based on their club performances in all competitions. We then cast our vote at the bottom before leaving it up to you, the readers, to have your say.

Competition Games
Goals Assists Booked
Sent off
League 31 28 6 3 1
Cup 3 1 0 0 0
Europe 8 5 4 1 0
Others 1 1 0 0 0
Total 42 35 10 4 1

Once again it is possible to describe Zlatan Ibrahimovic's season in one word: extraordinary. The Swede has given another demonstration of his extraordinary talent, even though his remarkable run of league titles came to an end on Sunday night.

Ibra has contributed a grand total of 35 goals - many of them crucial - in what has been a testing season for Milan. Indeed, due to the absences of Boateng and Cassano, he has been forced to carry the Rossoneri's attack on his own for most of the campaign.

The former Barcelona striker also delivered in Europe, netting five times in total, as well as providing the through-ball from which Nocerino equalized in the quarterfinal second leg clash with his former club at Camp Nou, a contribution that offered further evidence of his propensity for creating as many goals as he scores.

Competition Games
Goals Assists Booked
Sent off
League 35 10 1 6 0
Cup 2 0 0 1 0
Europe 10 1 2 3 0
Others 1 0 0 0 0
Total 48 11 3 10 0

Antonio Nocerino has undoubtedly been the revelation of Milan's season. The Neopolitan made a low key arrival at San Siro on the final day of the summer transfer window for a reported fee of 1 million euros, but he quickly set about establishing himself as a staple of the Rossoneri's midfield.

As he has been quite rightly lauded for, Nocerino has weighed in with 11 goals in total but, with his fantastic workrate, his contribution without the ball has been just as significant.

Moreover, his dynamic displays went a long way towards lessening the impact of Boateng's injury problems and, as such, Nocerino deserves to be regarded as Serie A's signing of the season.

Competition Games
Goals Assists Booked
Sent off
League 27 2 0 2 0
Cup 2 0 0 1 0
Europe 7 1 0 0 0
Others 1 0 0 0 0
Total 35 3 0 3 0

Even though he has not quite been at his brilliant best this season, Thiago Silva has still managed to underline his status as one of the most reliable defenders in the world.

Having secured a historic draw for the Rossoneri in Catalunya with a towering header in the last minute of the team's Champions League opener, the Brazil international was cruelly forced to sit out both legs of the quarterfinal tie with Barca after aggravating a thigh problem against Roma. The center half, of course, should never been risked against the Giallorossi but his participation was a testament to his importance to the Milan cause and his own gladiator-like willingness to fight through the pain.

In that light, it is impossible not to look back positively on Thiago Silva's season, given he made a massive contribution to Milan's brave attempts to defend the Serie A title.


Palermo (a) W 4-0

Chievo (h) W 4-0

Catania (h) V 4-0

Ibrahimovic has undoubtedly been Milan's man of the season. With his goals and his assists, the Swedish striker has proven himself a step above every other player in the league.

His wonderful strikes against Chievo and Novara, and his valiant showing in Sunday's Derby della Madonnina defeat by Inter, have only served to remind the footballing world that even though he has now entered his 30s, Ibra remains a very special footballing talent.