Mauro Icardi named Serie A Footballer of the Year

Mauro Icardi
MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 03: (L- R) Alex Sandro, Joao Cancelo, Radja Nainggolan, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Miralem Pjanic, Ciro Immobile, Mauro Icardi, Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala receive the 'Oscar Del Calcio AIC' Italian Football Awards on December 3, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi has been named the Serie A Footballer of the Year for his exploits in 2018

The Argentine striker scored 29 goals last season to finish as the league’s joint-top goalscorer alongside Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.

Icardi’s tally helped Inter finished fourth in the standings and secure a return to the Champions League after a six-season absence.

Now Icardi’s efforts over the last 12 months have been awarded with the Gran Galà del Calcio AIC announcing on their website he had been voted player of the year.

It means Icardi becomes the first non-Juventus player to win Serie A’s Footballer of the Year since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2011.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was voted as the Manager of the Year for a fourth consecutive time.

2017/18 Serie A Team of the Year

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker (AS Roma) *

GENOA, ITALY - APRIL 20: Walter Mazzarri coach of Torino (left) issues some instructions to Temitayo Ola Aina of Torino during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Torino FC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 20, 2019 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

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The manager believes his team will keep on fighting for a chance to earn a UEFA Champions League spot until the end of the season.

Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (SSC Napoli), João Cancelo (Inter) *, Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro (Juventus FC)

Midfielders: Miralem Pjanic (Juventus FC), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (SS Lazio), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma) *

Forwards: Mauro Icardi (Inter), Ciro Immobile (SS Lazio), Paulo Dybala (Juventus FC)