Leonardo Bonucci and his Juventus teammates dominated the Italian player union's annual awards show.
Bonucci was named best player in a poll of more than 500 players organized by the union, AIC. Brescia's Barbara Bonansea collected the best female player trophy.
Central defender Bonucci had a great year, winning the Italian double with Juventus and playing well at Euro 2016 before Italy was eliminated in the quarter finals by Germany.
“I am honoured to win this award", the 29-year old defender said after receiving his award from AIC president Damiano Tommasi.
"My most beautiful moment of the past year was when I scored against Sevilla," added Bonucci, refering to the goal that helped Juventus reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
Bonucci was one of eight footballers who played for Juventus in 2016 in the AIC team of the year. The only players who did not wear the black and white outfit of the Italian champions were Roma’s Radja Nainggolan and Napoli’s Marek Hamsik and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Bonansea, a 25-year-old attacker, helped Brescia win the Italian championship, cup and super cup.
The Team of the Year
Goal: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus);
Defence: Koulibaly (Napoli), Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini (all Juventus);
Midfield: Nainggolan (Roma), Paul Pogba (Juventus and Manchester United), Hamsik (Napoli), Miralem Pjanic (Roma and Juventus);
Attack: Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli and Juventus), Paulo Dybala (Juventus).
Juventus was also picked as the best team, while coach Massimiliano Allegri picked up the award for best coach.
The gala in Milan was broadcasted live by Sky Italy.
- Published: 06 February 2017