Victor Lindelof named Sweden’s Player of the Year

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 10: Victor Lindelof of Sweden claps the fans after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Netherlands and Sweden at the Amsterdam Arena on October 10, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has been awarded Sweden’s Player of the Year prize

The 24-year-old beat last year’s winner Andreas Granqvist to the Golden Ball (Guldbollen) award following an impressive World Cup with Sweden.

Lindelof’s strong displays have seen him become an integral member of the United squad with 14 appearances and 1,169 minutes of football already under his belt this season.

Now the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet have named Lindelof the winner of their annual prize.

“It means so much for me to stand here today and receive this prize,” said Lindelof.

“I am very proud and extremely grateful. I want to thank all my team-mates, in the club team and national team.”

“I would like to thank my family as they always been there for me in good and bad,” he added. “You really mean everything to me.

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“To my beautiful wife: Thank you very much for being there and taking care of me and helping me and always supporting me. You mean everything to me.”

Lindelof’s former United teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the award 10 times between 2007 to 2016.

Meanwhile, Sweden will play both Turkey and Russia in the UEFA Nations League over the international break.