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Ibrahimovic wins PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month

Nearly 64,000 votes were cast in the poll, which was held on the Sky Sports website and apps, with Ibrahimovic claiming victory with 24,092 votes, skysports.com reported.

Liverpool’s Lallana came second with 17,935 votes, while Chelsea defender Azpilicueta was third with 11,944 votes. Rounding off the top six were Tottenham’s Dele Alli (5,863), Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (2,874) and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet (1,264).

The six candidates were chosen by Sky Sports’ expert panel, which included its pundits Peter Beagrie and Paul Merson, Mike Riley — general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke — chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation.

Ibrahimovic scored six goals from seven matches in December.

Speaking before he added to his tally against West Ham, Ibrahimovic declared that he had already silenced those who doubted he could succeed in the Premier League.

“It gives me a lot of energy, trust me,” he said. “A lot of energy, because they get paid to talk and I get paid to play with my feet — that’s how I enjoy it.

“I wanted to come when everyone thought I was over [the hill]. I’m super-happy and I feel good.”

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