Who is Roma's Player of the Season?

Goal.com name our top three stand-out performers for the Giallorossi in 2010-11 and declare our winner. Have your say below

After finishing second behind Inter in the 2009-10 season, an air of optimism swept through Rome ahead of the new campaign. Although the capital club were forced to stand back and watch their rivals strengthen their squads in the summer, there was a real sense of belief that this would finally be the season they would return to the pinnacle of the Italian game.

Instead, the Lupi have endured a tumultuous season both on and off the pitch, and at the time of writing were on the outside looking in, in terms of qualifying for next season's Champions League. A plethora of problems have plagued the club as coaching changes, public spats and distracting takeover talk have derailed their title ambitions.

The Giallorossi were left reeling in February after they suffered a 3-2 setback in the first-leg of their round of 16 encounter against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Four days later Claudio Ranieri resigned after a blowing a three-goal lead against Genoa. His successor Vincenzo Montella did not fare much better against the Ukrainians, crashing out of the tournament after a humiliating 3-0 loss at Donbass Arena.

American businessman Thomas DiBenedetto purchased the club in April, and while he offers Roma new hope for the future, his plan to revitalise the Lupi could hit a major snag if they fail to clinch fourth spot in Serie A.

Below are Goal.com's three nominees for Roma’s 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. JEREMY MENEZ | Midfielder

Age: 24
Appearances: 38
Goals/Assists: 4/2

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The French winger can be maddeningly inconsistent but is an absolute game-changer when he is in the mood. This season has been no different: one minute he reminds the Giallorossi faithful of Bruno Conti circa-1982, and the next of Brazilian flop Renato Gaucho.

After a slow start, he picked up the pace and helped Roma go on a seven-game unbeaten streak. It looked as if Menez was ready to spread his wings but the team went through a terrible spell in February which culminated in the resignation of Claudio Ranieri. Menez then butted heads with new coach Vincenzo Montella and is likely to leave the club at the end of the season.

2. PHILIPPE MEXES | Defender

Age: 29

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After losing his starting spot to Nicolas Burdisso in the 2009-10 season, the French centre-back had one of his best campaigns in recent memory. He not only reclaimed his spot in the back line alongside Juan but he also made a big splash with the French national team under new coach Laurent Blanc.

Mexes was a tower of power week in, week out for the Lupi until he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2-0 loss to Juventus in early April. To make matters worse for the Roma faithful, it was recently revealed that Mexes will join AC Milan at the end of the season.


Age: 34
Appearances: 38
Goals/Assists: 16/7

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The Roma captain was relegated to a substitute role this season and it looked as if his age had finally caught up with him. But after clashing with Claudio Ranieri, the Giallorossi legend has discovered the fountain of youth under new coach Vincenzo Montella and has been on an incredible streak of late.

The 34-year-old has scored nine times in his last eight matches and recently netted his 206th goal to surpass Italy legend Roberto Baggio on Serie A's all-time scoring list. The Lupi would have been out of the race for the last Champions League spot a long time ago if it wasn't for Totti's late season renaissance.

- Francesco Totti -
In five words:

Legend. No Totti, no party.

Season highlight:

Scoring his 205th and 206th Serie A goals against Bari on May 1st to move ahead of Baggio on the all-time scoring list.

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