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Mkhitaryran's sixth-straight Player of the Year - who has won the most best footballer prizes in their country?

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Pin Henrikh Mkhitaryan has won Armenia's best player six times in a row. Goal
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has won Armenia's best player six times in a row. Goal

Mkhitaryran's sixth-straight Player of the Year - who has won the most best footballer prizes in their country?

BeSoccer by BeSoccer @besoccer_com - 0 1,654

The Manchester United midfielder picked up his sixth award in Armenia on Wednesday but one of his Red Devils team-mates has claimed even more.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan won his sixth Armenian Footballer of the Year award in a row on Wednesday, and his seventh in total.

The Manchester United midfielder has become his country's most famous footballing export by some distance, with only a handful of current members of the national team playing in top European leagues.

He has been handed the prize in every year but one since his 20th birthday as a result, but how does his dominance in his homeland compare to other countries and stars?

Among major nations, no one has been more singlehandedly influential for their national team than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been named Sweden's best player 11 times during the course of his career.

That is unlikely to be matched for a while, with his closest rivals in Finland duo Sami Hyypia (nine) and Jari Litmanen (eight) as well as the Czech Republic's Petr Cech (eight) all retired from international duty.

Mkhitaryan, on seven overall, is top among active international players, although he has Wales star Gareth Bale and David Alaba of Austria hot on his heels with six each. Andriy Shevchenko and Aliaksandr Hleb also won six times in Ukraine and Belarus respectively.

Marek Hamsik (Slovenia), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Goran Pandev (Macedonia) and the retired Kakha Kaladze (Georgia) have all been named their nation's best player five times.

Not all countries, however, run such an award in the same format. Portugal, for example, name both a best Primeira Liga player and a best Portuguese player abroad, the latter of which Cristiano Ronaldo has scooped eight times in the past 10 years.

The same applies in Argentina. Lionel Messi was his country's player of the year twice before the prize was split between domestic and foreign-based players, and he has won the second category in eight years out of nine since then.

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