- Aubameyang picks up over one in three votes as best outfield player for 2016/17 so far.
- 238 Bundesliga players take part in poll.
- Neuer named best goalkeeper; Forsberg best newcomer.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is officially the best in the Bundesliga business, according to those who have to deal with him on a weekly basis – his fellow professionals.
The Gabon international has wowed fans around the world with his 16 goals in 15 Bundesliga games this season, but the official seal of approval has now come from a poll of Bundesliga players conducted by renowned German sports magazine Kicker.
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33.6 percent – more than one in three – of a total of 238 of Aubameyang's colleagues named him the Hinrunde's best outfield player. Second place went to RB Leipzig upstart Emil Forsberg, who took 23.1 percent of that particular vote while being named number one in the poll of the most improved player of 2016/17 so far.
FC Bayern München forward Robert Lewandowski – Aubameyang's perennial goalscoring rival – came in third with 14.3 percent, although there was joy for his teammate Manuel Neuer, who was named as the Bundesliga's best goalkeeper for the third time in the past six years.
Rather tellingly, Kicker also asked the players whether they would prefer to ply their trade in any other top league in the world, and the result was resounding: three quarters said they would pick the Bundesliga over any alternative.
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