VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Lars Stindl admits he only found out about his Player of the Season award via Twitter but says that he feels no less honoured at being chosen.
The 28-year-old, currently participating in the Confederations Cup with the Germany, spoke about making his international bow at such a late age and says that while being recognised by the club's supporters is a special feeling, he prioritises the team's performance over his own.
"Your age is of no relevance here," Stindl told the club's official website when asked whether he carries more responsibility in the national team.
"Everyone shares the responsibility. Of course, we all know that getting my first cap at 28 is relatively late but that has not been an issue at all here."
Stindl's contribution to Mönchengladbach, a respectable 18 goals and five assists in all competitions, resulted in him winning special recognition from their fans.
"I read it on Twitter a few days ago and was really happy," he added. "It is a special award and a huge honour when the fans choose you.
"In football, it is always the success of the team that is the most important thing and not individual players.
"Still, it is a great feeling the fans appreciate my performances from last season, so I would like to thank them once again for their outstanding support."