Joshua Kimmich named Germany’s 2017 Player of the Year

Bayern Munich‘s versatile full-back Joshua Kimmich has been named Germany’s Player of the Year for 2017 in a poll by the German Football Association (DFB).

The 22-year-old beat Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to the prize by taking over 20,000 votes from a total of 52,761 cast on the website, for a 43.5 per cent share.

Kimmich was an almost ever-present for club and country in 2017, surpassing Franz Beckenbauer’s continuity by featuring in 24 consecutive matches for Germany, just ten shy of the national team’s all-out record-holder Berti Vogts, and developing a reputation as both Bayern’s and Germany’s Mr Reliability.

He has already worn the captain’s armband for his country and this latest award is further recognition of the consistently polished performances of a man with already over 100 

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