Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter)
There is a real possibility that Ibrahimovic could leave for Spain this summer, and if this turns out to be true, then he could not have ended on more of a high. A genius backheeled winner on the final day against Atalanta concluded a stunning domestic season where he won the Capocannoniere crown with 25 goals and led the Nerazzurri to a third-straight Scudetto. Scored a whole host of world class goals, including the Goal of the Season against Bologna - a karate-kick backheel!
Douglas Maicon (Inter)
Arguably the best right back in the world right now, and during the first half of the season, he was undoubtedly the top-performing player in Serie A. For a full back to be Inter’s most dangerous attacking player after Ibrahimovic, says it all about Maicon’s ability down the flank. The Brazilian scored five goals in Serie A, and created many more with his crosses and link-up play.
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
This was not a vintage season for centre backs in Serie A, and Chiellini was one of the few to stand out. The 24-year-old was a one-man backline for long periods, as team-mates Grygera, Mellberg and Molinaro all struggled. When Chiellini was missing through injury, the chances of Juventus keeping a clean sheet were very slim.
Felipe Melo (Fiorentina)
The best midfielder in the peninsula this season, Felipe Melo took no time at all to settle after arriving in Florence from Spanish-outfit Almeria. The Brazilian has real personality, and was the driving force of the Viola midfield, leading them to a second consecutive qualification for the Champions League. His outstanding form has seen him break into the Brazil national team.
Diego Milito (Genoa)
A revelation this season after re-joining Genoa from Real Zaragoza. The Argentine struck 24 times, just missing out on the Capocannoniere prize, and was so close to leading the Rossoblu to a historic place in the Champions League, just losing out to Fiorentina due to an inferior head-to-head record. Milito will transfer to Inter this summer along with team-mate Thiago Motta.
Goal.com Serie A Player of the Year: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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