The 26-year-old receives the prize as a reward not just for his on-pitch performances, which have helped the Bavarians top the Bundesliga table this season, but also for his work with the Living a Dream project run by Pro Kinderhilfe, a children's charity and associate organisation of the UNESCO foundation.
Leaving a mark in Brazil
Boateng assisted in the building of a compound with a football pitch and educational facilities for impoverished children when Germany travelled to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup this summer, and he was in fact one of many figures from German football to make a charitable contribution to the country while it hosted the tournament.
The Germany squad made a visit to a school in Santo Andre in Bahia before they kicked off their , while the Bundesliga Foundation also donated 4.5 Euros to various social projects.
Boateng becomes the fourth FC Bayern player to win the award since it was inaugurated in 2007, following Philipp Lahm (2007), Thomas Müller (2010) and Manuel Neuer (2013). He has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season and scored one goal, against former club Manchester City FC in the UEFA Champions League.