The midfielder was given Danish’s football’s most prestigious honour – the equivalent of the PFA prize in England – for a fourth time in five years on Sunday night, putting him level with all-time great Brian Laudrup for the highest amount of times one individual has claimed the award.
“I feel very pleased and humbled to have received this prize again,” said Christian, who became the first player in history to win the award three years in a row between 2013 and 2015.
“It’s been a very good year with some nice moments and the fact that this award is voted for by other players makes it mean something extra, so it’s a very nice feeling.”
Asked to pick out his favourite moments from the last calendar year, Christian continued: “There’s been loads! Everything from playing and winning against Real Madrid in the Champions League – which is a big one – to scoring a hat-trick for my national team against Ireland and getting to the World Cup, which was another proud moment.
“The news that I’m going to be starting a family was a very big moment away from football, but there were a lot of nice games throughout the year. There are too many top moments to really pick out one.”
Ex-Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Rangers star Laudrup won his four awards over an eight-year period between 1989 and 1997, but with time on Christian’s side, he looks well placed to set a new outright record in future.
So how does the 25-year-old feel about being mentioned in the same sentence as Laudrup, who was part of Denmark’s Euro 92-winning squad.
“Everybody in Denmark looked up to him when he was playing,” said Christian. “Everyone knows about him and he’s done some incredible things, so having won the trophy as many times as him is a big thing.”
Coming soon on tottenhamhotspur.com – Danish legend Jan Molby gives his verdict on Christian’s progress.