Reus was inspirational in Mönchengladbach's outstanding fourth-place Bundesliga finish last season and that form garnered him 217 votes from journalists throughout Germany who were invited to take part in the Kicker poll.
Reus' performances also earned him a place in the Germany EURO 2012 squad and a move to defending champions Dortmund, who provided the next three players on the top list. Mats Hummels (108 votes), Robert Lewandowski (95) and Shinji Kagawa (66) led Real Madrid duo Sami Khedira (50) and Mesut Özil (44), with Mario Gomez the first FC Bayern Munich representative in seventh place.
Klopp to benefit
"It makes me very proud," said Reus. "This award will spur me on to do even better in the new season." That will be music to the ears of Klopp, who won the accolade for the best coach for the second season running. He picked up an overwhelming 496 votes, ahead of Reus' former mentor Lucien Favre (138) and Christian Streich (101), whose half-season efforts saved SC Freiburg from he drop.