Elkeson’s double award delight

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Brazilian striker claimed double success at the end-of-year awards this week, claiming the 2014 best player and top-scorer prizes.

Elkeson, 25, has twice topped the goalscoring charts in his two years in and this year finished the league season with a remarkable goal-a-game record of 28 goals in 28 games. In doing so, he set a new seasonal high mark for goals in the CSL.

The former Botafogo player who helped fire the side to 2013 AFC Champions League glory is heavily tipped to be close to a contract renewal with the Cantonese club, with Evergrande already promising boosted foreign player ranks next campaign.

The Brazilian beat competition from his captain Zheng Zhi and Beijing Guoan striker Dejan Damjanovic for the night’s big prize.

Elsewhere at the gala, Guoan coach Gregorio Manzano claimed the Coach of the Year title for taking his side to within three points of the league title. Shanghai SIPG’s Wu Lei, meanwhile, was named the top domestic scorer for the second season in succession.

The CSL also named a Team of the Year which consisted of: Wang Dalei; Xu Yunlong, Zhang Linpeng, Kim Young Gwon, Zheng Zheng; Zheng Zhi, Giovanni Moreno, Zhang Xizhe, Davi; Elkeson, Wu Lei.

It was Elkeson’s night, however, with the Brazilian already having soared past 50 league goals in his first two seasons at the club, scoring 52 goals in 56 games. He now lies just 15 goals short of the all-time record scoring foreign player Tiago who hit the net 67 times over a 10-year period.