Zlatan scoops Italian prize
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Inter Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic gained some consolation for missing out on the FIFA World Player of the Year prize and Ballon D'Or by scooping the Italian Player of the Year award on Monday.

The Swede was the star performer as Inter romped to a third consecutive title and as well as picking up the top award at the Italian football Oscars, as they are known, he was also named best foreign player.

Veteran Italy and Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero, who topped the scoring charts last season, picked up the best Italian award while Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli was named best coach after steering his side into the UEFA Champions League at the expense of AC Milan.

Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus was named best goalkeeper, his team-mate Giorgio Chiellini best defender, Napoli's Marek Hamsik best young player and Roberto Rosetti best referee.