The votes are in, the totals have been tallied, and the calculators have been put away. CFCnet can now announce our very own Player of the Season award, as judged by users of the Live Match forum throughout this exciting 2008/09 campaign.

After every win, defeat or draw, CFCnet users voted for their man of the match. The three members of the squad who accumulated the most votes were awarded points. Three points were awarded to those players who performed the best, two for a key member of the supporting cast, and just one for a player who caught the eye but failed to make a huge impact.

These points have been painstakingly totted up following the FA Cup triumph on Saturday to give a fair and unbiased view of who should be declared Player of the Season, who can rest over the summer safe in the knowledge that they did enough to impress CFCnet readers, and who should begin talks with Manchester City as soon as possible.

So, feast your eyes on the results. In reverse order:

Michael Mancienne – 3 points – 1%
Miroslav Stoch – 3 – 1%
Franco Di Santo – 4 – 1%
Ricardo Carvalho – 5 – 1%
Ricardo Quaresma – 5 – 1%
Juliano Belletti – 6 – 2%
Joe Cole – 6 – 2%
Deco – 8 – 2%
Alex – 9 – 2%
Michael Ballack – 9 – 2%
Michael Essien – 11 – 3%
Branislav Ivanovic – 12 – 3%
José Bosingwa – 13 – 4%
Ashley Cole – 13 – 4%
Florent Malouda – 17 – 5%
Salomon Kalou – 18 – 5%
John Terry – 22 – 6%

And the top five:

Nicolas Anelka – 29 – 8% The Frenchman finishes just inside the top five. A free-scoring start to the season was followed by a late resurgence at the campaign’s climax, which saw the ‘Moody Blue’ bag the Premier League golden boot award despite the fact he took the field on the right-wing in most games under Guus Hiddink.

Petr Cech – 32 – 9% Despite a few flaps creeping into some games, Cech can be as commanding as ever when he wants to be, which is probably why he picked up enough votes to finish inside the top five.

John Obi Mikel – 32 – 9% Despite his diminutive stature, Claude Makelele’s boots are huge ones to fill. Mikel stepped up and, in most cases, shone. Tall, athletic, and strong as an ox, Mikel was sometimes a driving (whatever you do, don’t mention driving) force in the Blues midfield, especially with the lengthy absence of Michael Essien. Still young too, which should strike fear into every other club in Europe, as well as the ageing Michael Ballack.

Didier Drogba – 32 – 9% He was on the sidelines, then back in the team, out of favour, then in again, but despite an erratic season Didier Drogba still netted enough vital goals to finish joint second in this CFCnet poll. His campaign could perhaps be surmised by analysing his FA Cup final performance. Largely quiet, he still stole the headlines with a powerful centre-forward’s header to level the scores. That’s Didier all over. Particularly with regards to headlines, as he continues to put food on the table of every journalist out there with his sheer being, as well as providing his own opinion pieces every now and again (see his rant following the Barca defeat). Didier Drogba, we salute you.

Frank Lampard – 64 – 18%

For the second season running this incredible footballer takes the title, which he can add to his official Player of the Season award. He frightened us with talk of leaving last summer, but even more frightening is the way he consistently manages to play at the top of his game week in, week out. 20 goals for the fifth season in a row, countless assists, and possibly the only player to perform all the way from August and Scolari to Hiddink in May. Picking up double the votes of Drogba, Cech and Mikel in joint second, Lampard is the undisputed Player of the Season.

TEAM OF THE SEASON (4-3-3)

Cech
Bosingwa Terry Ivanovic A. Cole

Mikel

Lampard Essien

Anelka Kalou
Drogba

Almost every player featured was a consistent starter under Guus Hiddink. I deployed Anelka on the right-wing as this is where he played mostly, while Kalou makes it into the side by virtue of one vote ahead of Florent Malouda. Alex also misses out with Ivanovic taking his place, although this could be because of a magical night at Anfield.

Thanks to forum administrator Nona Valente for compiling all the votes.