So apparently the results of this vote were made public 10 days ago, but the award ceremony only took place on Friday. And in what may be a surprise, Branislav Ivanovic was named the best Serbian footballer once again, besting Nemanja Matic for the second time in six months. Yeah baby, Europa League joke!
Ivanovic becomes the first player in the history of the award to retain it and joins Dejan Stankovic and Nemanja Vidic as the third two-time winner. Congratulations!
According to UEFA's human-bear translator droid, Bane growled the following as dignitaries cowered in corners and under tables:
"I said last year that this is the biggest honour for me. Now, after my country has chosen me again, I don't have the words to explain my feelings. It gives me great pleasure and motivation to achieve further success in 2014."
-Branislav Ivanovic; source: UEFA
The Serbia national football team's captain is certainly well deserving of this award. He led all Chelsea outfield players in minutes played last season and he's currently leading all players in the same category this season. And there was the small matter of scoring the winning goal in the Europa League final, too.