FC Bayern München's David Alaba has been voted Austria's Footballer of the Year for a record fifth time.
Having been chosen for the award in each of the last five years, Alaba has now received the prize more than any other player in Austrian football history. The 23-year-old previously shared top spot with former MSV Duisburg striker Ivica Vastic (four).
"It's a real honour for me," said Alaba of winning the award, which is voted for by the ten coaches in Austria's Bundesliga, the country’s top flight.
'A worthy record-holder'
"I'm really pleased," said Bayern's executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "David more than deserves this award. He's an outstanding footballer and boasts all the skills that a top-class player must have: he's talented, always wants to improve and has incredible experience for someone his age. He’s a worthy record-holder."
As well as winning the Bundesliga and reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and DFB Cup with Bayern, Alaba also inspired his nation to qualification for UEFA EURO 2016. "He was vital in Austria qualifying for a major tournament again," added Rummenigge.
Alaba and Co. will face Hungary, Iceland and Portugal in Group F.