Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech became the Czech footballer of the year for 2010 at a ceremony in Prague on Monday, winning the trophy for the third consecutive time and for the fourth time overall.
"I'll never grow tired of this; it's a great honour," said the 28-year-old Cech, with 78 appearances for the Czech national team, after being picked by players, coaches, officials and journalists.
"I'm glad my work has been valued as excellent, and I believe this is not the last time I'll be here," added Cech, who won ahead of Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky and Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi.
The ceremony was held two days before the 80th birthday of Czech midfielder Josef Masopust, the 1962 Ballon D'Or winner and playmaker of the Czechoslovakian team that made it to the final of the FIFA World Cup™ in Chile that same year.
The celebration lured scores of football celebrities to Prague, including FIFA boss Joseph S. Blatter and Portuguese legend Eusebio, while Brazilian icon and Masopust's rival Pele sent his congratulations in a video message played at the ceremony.