Who is Bayern Munich's Player of the Season?

Goal.com names the top three standout performers for the Bavarians in 2011-12 and then declares the overall winner. Have your say below
Before the season, the goal was clear: Bayern Munich's first priority was to be crowned Bundesliga champions. However, for the second year running, the Bavarians have missed their target. As successful as they have been in the Champions League and DFB-Pokal, Jupp Heynckes' men have disappointed in the domestic championship.

Dortmund twice beat Bayern in the Bundesliga and deservedly claimed the title. However, the Bavarians have had an excellent season on the whole: though they will finish second in the German top flight, they are just two finals away from claiming the DFB-Pokal, and their first Champions League trophy since 2001.

Below, in alphabetical order, are Goal.com's three nominees for Bayern’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
Bundesliga 32 0 2 5 0
Cup 4 0 0 0 0
Europe 12 0 1 3 1
Total 48 0 3 8 1

This season, Holger Badstuber has played just three minutes fewer than Manuel Neuer. The Memmingen native was not only among the most-used players at Bayern, but also one of the top performers. The 23-year-old continued his development, and became one of the best centre-backs in the Bundesliga. Barring a complete collapse in the final matchday, the German record champions will end the season with the league's best defence. In fact, if they keep a clean sheet in their last game this weekend, Bayern will finish the campaign equalling their previous record for fewest goals conceded in a Bundesliga season.

Bayern held their opponents scoreless in more than half their matches, and their impressive record speaks well for Badstuber, who was their one constant in an ever-changing back four. Whether with Daniel van Buyten or Jerome Boateng, he formed a solid partnership. Given his progress, it is no wonder why the youngster is favoured to start for Germany at Euro 2012.

Competition Games
Goals Assists Booked
Sent off
Bundesliga 32 26 3 2 0
Cup 4 2 1 0 0
Europe 13 13 2 1 0
Total 49 41 6 3 0

Mario Gomez was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season, and his tally of goals in the Champions League was only exceeded by Lionel Messi. This term, he has scored 26 times in the league, and 13 in continental play. In all competitions, he has struck 41 times. Suffice to say, the former Stuttgart man has proven himself to be a pure goalscorer.

Contrary to the opinions of his many critics, the attacker has improved his technical abilities: he is far more agile and capable with the ball at his feet than he was a year ago. And as long as Heynckes' system revolves around him in a central role, his strike rate will remain high.

Even when he has not scored, Gomez's qualities have aided Bayern. The striker struggled and was unable to find the net in the second leg of his side's Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, but his runs and selfless commitment to defence made him a real asset. In terms of work rate he has vastly improved this season. Of course, scoring goals remain his strong point, and in this area, he is undisputedly the most prolific No. 9 in the world.

Competition Games
Goals Assists Booked
Sent off
Bundesliga 31 12 18 4 1
Cup 3 1 1 1 0
Europe 13 3 5 1 0
Total 47 16 24 6 1

Franck Ribery is back! Ever since 2008, Bayern fans have hoped to see the Frenchman reach the form he exhibited in his first season in Munich. And after three years plagued by injury and scandal, he has had arguably the best campaign of his career.

With 17 assists, Ribery is by far the best provider in Germany. Factoring in his 12 goals, the mercurial winger played a direct hand in 40 per cent of Bayern's goals in domestic play. And with five assists and three goals in the Champions League, he is among the Bavarians' most crucial players in their march to the final.

Ribery is the pulse of the Bayern attack: most forward movements run through him, and he is always capable of providing a creative pass, a darting run, or a lethal finish. And even at 29, he is still learning.


Hoffenheim (h) W 7-1
Hertha Berlin (h) W 4-0
Werder Bremen (h) W 4:1

Ribery takes the honours because he has been a complete player for Bayern. The Frenchman time and again took responsibility for creating goals, and at key moments he showed his winning mentality and strong willpower.

Ribery's susceptibility to injury seems to be a thing of the past: his attitude is back to where it should be, and he loves to play football at Bayern. Along with the club's rising jewel David Alaba, they have formed an exceptional combination down the left flank.