Toni Kroos has been named Footballer of the Year by sports writers in Germany for the first time.
“It is and always will be an honour to be Footballer of the Year,” Kroos told kicker. “This is a prize that is not easy to get, and not everyone gets.”
Former Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes beat Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco to win the Coach of the Year award.
“I am very pleased that I have been voted Coach of the Year by journalists,” he said. “My big compliment goes to those who did not vote for me because there are many good young coaches in the Bundesliga who also deserve this honour.”
Asked about Kroos, he added: “When I got word from kicker that Toni Kroos was voted Footballer of the Year, I was very happy for him. More so because — I can say in all modesty — I helped in his career.
“In my long career as a coach I had a tremendous number of talented players, but with Toni Kroos I quickly felt he was willing to take the professional path.
“Not only did he listen to and internalise what he was told, he also implemented instructions. He maintained this behaviour for years and the result is a great career.”