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Inter captain Icardi wins Serie A footballer of year award

AFP  |  Milan 

Inter Milan's striker won the Footballer of the Year award at the Gran Gala del Calcio ceremony in on Monday night.

The 25-year-old becomes the outside Juventus to win the award, voted for by his peers, since Zlatan Ibrahimovic with AC in 2011.

Icardi was joint top scorer with Lazio's in last season with 29 goals.

The Argentine also won the best goal award for his spectacular backheel during a four-goal haul against Sampdoria last March.

Icardi disagreed with the choice, insisting his "one (goal) at AC was more beautiful".

Juventus were voted top team with winning of the year after the side won a league and Cup double for the fourth consecutive year.

"It's a group of great men, with a great club behind us," said Allegri, who has won the award four times.

"I'm fortunate to have worked with so many marvellous players and tonight I see the maestro too." Allegri's side are on track for an eighth straight title, with Allegri hailing the impact of five-time Ballon d'Or winner who arrived last summer.

"Ronaldo has brought professionalism, competitiveness and is a humble guy," said Allegri.

Portuguese star Ronaldo finished runner-up to Croatia's in this year's Ballon d'Or prize which was awarded in on Monday.

Fiorentina's Italian international defender won women's of the Year award.

Roma legend and former AC Milan and Juventus great Pirlo both received Achievement Awards.

Meanwhile, Gianluca Rocchi won the award for the best referee 24 hours after being whistled off the pitch at the Stadio Olimpico over his decision not to award Roma a penalty in a 2-2 draw against Inter Milan.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 10:55 IST