And the winner is... DW's users have chosen the Dortmund and Gabon striker as the Bundesliga's best player in 2016. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang narrowly beat out Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski to the honor.
DW's users have voted Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the best player in the Bundesliga in 2016.
Aubameyang, who started 2017 playing for his native Gabon in the Africa Cup of Nations, scored 23 goals in the Bundesliga for Dortmund in the 2016 calendar year, including the 16 he has scored since the start of the current campaign. His nose for goal and his pace often made the difference for Dortmund over the past 12 months. The 27-year-old Aubameyang also draws attention off the pitch for his flamboyant hairstyle and clothes, and for his penchant for supercars.
The Dortmund striker has triumphed over some impressive competition, particularly Robert Lewandowski, the man who finished second in last year's Bundesliga goal-scoring race. Coming in a distant third was versatile young Bayern star Joshua Kimmich. The results by percentage of the vote:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 34.4 percent
Robert Lewandowski 32.8 percent
Joshua Kimmich 8.5 percent
Four lucky participants in our contest have been drawn at random and will receive prizes. The first prize goes to Mahamane Mounkaila Mato of Niger, who will receive a jersey from his favorite Bundesliga team.
Adriana Suarez of Colombia, Alma Rosa Ruiz of Mexiko, and Leonidas Bakoylas of Greece will all receive DW goody bags.
DW will contact each of the winners individually in the coming few days. Congratulations to all and thank you for taking part in our contest!