Zagreb - VfL Wolfsburg attacking midfielder has been voted Croatian Player of the Year for 2014, with Bayer 04 Leverkusen teenager Tin Jedvaj named as the country's most promising youngster.
In hallowed company
"It's a great honour for me," said Perisic at the ceremony in Zagreb. "Especially because it was voted for by fans. I hope that I'll be able to keep going and manage to stay injury free."
Perisic's impressive displays for the Wolves did not go unnoticed by Croatian football supporters, with the 25-year-old former Borussia Dortmund player scoring 11 Bundesliga goals and providing six assists in the 2014 calendar year. Perisic was also one of Croatia's best players at last summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, although he was unable to prevent them returning home after the group stage.
The 35-time international succeeds former FC Bayern München forward Mario Mandzukic as the holder of the honour, while Wolfsburg team-mate received the prize in both 2009 and 2010.
Meanwhile, Leverkusen right-back Jedvaj, who only turned 19 in November, was rewarded for his consistently strong performances in a maiden Bundesliga season in which he has scored twice, made one assist and won almost 53 per cent of all his tackles.