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Goal.com name our top three stand-out performers from Serie A in 2010-11 and declare our winner. Have your say below...

In 2010-11, there were many Serie A stars who saw their shining light fade away, but many more who proved that their talents still burn bright. While champions Inter suffered collectively with few exceptions, there were stand-out performers among all of the top half-dozen sides.

Celebrated new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho joined team-mate Alexandre Pato on 14 goals for the season as AC Milan clinched the title, while Samuel Eto'o continued to impress for the former champions. Napoli clinched a Champions League spot thanks in part to the performances of the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Christian Maggio, and Udinese took fourth as Alexis Sanchez grabbed headlines and attention across Europe. Lazio and Roma will be in the Europa League next season, and they will have the displays of Anderson Hernanes and Francesco Totti respectively to thank for their participation on the continent.

Below are Goal.com's three nominees for Serie A Player of the Season in alphabetical order. We then cast our vote at the bottom before leaving it up to you, the readers, to have your say.

1. EDINSON CAVANI | Striker

Age: 24
Appearances: 35
Goals/Assists: 26/6
Cards:

6 1


Cavani arrived in Italy in January 2007 when Palermo snapped him up from Danubio, and after three-and-a-half years of loyal service in Sicily he made the move to Napoli last summer looking to give his career the kick it needed to become a big star. Twelve months on, the Uruguayan is one of the most spoken-about strikers in Europe.

His haul of 26 league goals was the main reason behind the Vesuviani's elevation from nearly men to Champions League competitors, as he fed superbly off the intelligent play of Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik to chalk up three hat-tricks and four braces. With his movement in behind defences proving almost impossible to counteract, he earned a permanent stay, a five-year contract, and the attention of several top clubs.


2. ANTONIO DI NATALE | Striker

Age: 33
Appearances:
36
Goals/Assists: 28/7
Cards:

3 0


In his first five years in Udine, Di Natale chalked up 55 goals as he largely played as a second striker, tasked with using his individual skill and intelligent running for the betterment of the side. But in the last two Serie A campaigns the Neapolitan has exploded, more than doubling his club tally to become capocannoniere in successive seasons.

Leading an Udinese side who reached the Champions League play-off spot, he notched three hat-tricks amongst his 28 league goals, but they only tell part of the story behind his contribution to the cause. His ability to pull markers away from their central positions helped to open up many an opportunity for team-mates, as Di Natale revelled whether playing off a front man or leading the line himself.


3. THIAGO SILVA | Defender
Age: 26
Appearances: 33
Goals/Assists: 1/1
Cards:

1 0


Quite possibly the best defender in the world today, Thiago Silva turned in an excellent maiden campaign in the peninsula in 2009-10 and got even better this term. The Brazilian provided the rock around which Milan's superb defence was built as they conceded only 24 goals all season - 15 less than any other team in the league.

With an ability to read the play like nobody else in the modern game, he has showcased his superb aerial ability, two good feet, strength, anticipation and positioning at grounds all over the country, almost without fail. And so good is he that he carries out all of this almost entirely free of foul means, picking up only a single booking in the entire season. Truly one of a kind in 21st century football.


GOAL.COM'S SERIE A PLAYER OF THE SEASON
- Thiago Silva -
In five words:

Amazing anticipation, league-winning rock

Season highlight:

Snuffed out Inter home and away as Milan grabbed the initiative in the title race, with his showing in the 10-man win in November particularly excellent.

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