BERLIN: Christopher Nkunko of the German football team RB Leipzig was named best player in Germany for the year in course. Bayern Munich’s Lea Schuler was also chosen as best player and Freiburg manager Christian Streich as best coach, in a survey of sports journalists conducted by the German sports magazine “Kicker”. French Nkunko, 24, got 134 votes in the referendum, overtaking Pole Robert Lewandowski, former Bayern Munich star and current Barcelona player, who garnered 128 votes, and Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who won the European League title last season, have entered in third place field. It should be noted that Lewandowski has won the award for the past two seasons. “I am very proud and grateful to be able to win such an important prize,” said Nkunko, who became the first Leipzig player to win the German Cup. “First of all, I would like to thank my colleagues, the technical staff and all the employees,” he added. Nkunko joined Leipzig in 2019 from Paris Saint-Germain and scored 47 goals and 46 assists in 137 games with the team, and was named best player of the last season of the Bundesliga by the players of the first division. Schuler won the best player award after receiving 141 votes in the poll, and Alexandra Pope of Wolfsburg came in second place with 115 votes and Muth Schulte, the Wolfsburg goalkeeper, came in third. Streich, 57, won the award for best coach after leading Freiburg to the German Cup final and finishing in sixth place in Bundesliga, qualifying the team for the first time in Europa League. With 133 votes, he also beaten Cologne manager Steffen Baumgart.