YEREVAN—Midfielder for the Armenian national soccer team and German club Borussia Dortmund, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has been named Armenia’s “footballer of the year” by the Football Federation of Armenia for the third time in a row.
Mkhitaryan earned 244 point, while Yura Movsisyan came second with 177 points, followed by Aras Ozbiliz with 47 points.
“It is a true honor to be named 2013 Footballer of the Year in Armenia and I share this with my teammates on the national team,” Mkhitaryan said on his Facebook page.
UEFA President Michel Platini spoke Armenian as he announced the name of the Armenian footballer of the year.
“Of course it was a pleasure to become Armenian player of the year,” Mkhitaryan said in an interview after the award ceremony on Dec. 25. “I want to thank all my teammates in the national team. I could not reach success if they weren’t there. Yura Movsisyan and Aras Ozbiliz also deserved the prize.”
Mkhitaryan concluded the interview with a message for his fans: “I wish a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all of them. Also I wish them always to be near us and be healthy. I hope that 2014 will be a year of success and we will be able to make our fans happy.”