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Kasper Schmeichel and Pernille Harder picked up awards for being Danish players of the year, after a poll carried out by Danish professional footballer union Spillerforeningen.

Schmeichel followed in the footsteps of his father Peter, as the first goalkeeper since 1999 to receive this award. Peter, the former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper, handed over the award to his son.

The 30-year old Schmeichel earned the trophy for his performances in goal for surprise English champions Leicester City. He beat Christian Eriksen (who won it in 2013, 2014 and 2015) and Thomas Delaney to the title.

“I am very, very honoured to win this award, especially since it was decided by the players, my colleagues. They are the true experts”, Schmeichel (30) said.

“These are the moments you enjoy most as a footballer. It is all about enjoying the game and winning trophies. It is great that I won the title with Leicester and also this personal trophy.”

Pernille Harder was equally thrilled. “I am really proud of my achievements in 2016, which is by far my best year in football.” The 24-year old striker won the Swedish championship with Linköping FC and was top goalscorer of the league.

Late December, the 78-time Danish international signed a contract with Champions League finalists VfL Wolfsburg.

“It will be difficult to surpass what I have achieved in 2016, but I am looking forward to my new challenge in Germany. I hope to win the Champions League with Wolfsburg.”

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Peter Schmeichel, Mads Oland (Spillerforeningen), Kasper Schmeichel and Pernille Harder 

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