Munich - Pep Guardiola struggled to find fitting superlatives when speaking about FC Bayern München’s captain this season, but one particular quote stands out as high praise indeed for the Munich-born defensive stalwart. “He is the most intelligent player I have ever coached,” said the Spaniard.

It is Lahm’s footballing brain, as well as his unquestioned talent, that allowed him to move away from his customary spot at right-back and into a holding midfield position this term, where he adapted seamlessly to become the pivot of the record-title holders’ midfield, scoring once, providing four assists and playing in 28 games, as the Bavarians clinched a domestic double, winning a 23rd Bundesliga title in record time as well as the DFB Cup in Berlin.

2013/14 End-of-Season Awards:

Newcomer | Coach | Returning Hero | Breakthrough |
Sharpshooter | Saviour | Fairest Player | Defender’s Nightmare | Penalty Killer | Speed Demon | Signing | Most Improved Player | Wing Wizards | Unsung Hero | Mr. Indispensable | Jinx | Mr. Reliable | Rising Stars