Chelsea FC goalkeeper Petr Cech was voted as the Czech Republic’s top footballer for the seventh time and of course it was well deserved as usual. Cech finished ahead of Arsenal FC’s Tomáš Rosický and SC Freiburg midfielder Vladimír Darida in the voting and the keeper told the crowd that this year’s award means as much to him as his first in 2005. The keeper also received the award 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 as he consistently proves that he is not only an all-time Chelsea great, but also one of the greatest Czech players of all-time.
Cech’s comments show he has no plans of trying not to win this award:
“Apart of a few exceptions I kept my performances at the same high level. There were matches when I made mistakes, but not many. I would like to warn those of you who might be bored and tempted to switch TV channels at the sight of me standing here again: I am going to try hard to win it again next season.”
Being recognized as the best player in your native country is a huge honor and Cech clearly relishes the accolades that come with playing at the highest level. He is consistently ranked amongst the best keepers in not only the Premier League, but the world as well. Some believe that he does not have the commanding presence in the box that he once had and that may be a result of his injury in 2007. However since then he has won nearly every trophy one can win at the club level and has done so as a valuable contributor, not just a bystander. Here is to many more years of dominance for the big man in the Chelsea number one shirt.
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