The 21-year-old Belarus international beat off competition from FC Dynamo Kyiv playmaker Valentin Belkevich and midfield player Dmitry Likhtorovich from FC BATE Borisov in a poll conducted by national sports daily Pressball.
Belkevich, who won the award in 1995, had the consolation of being named the country's player of the decade. The 29-year-old started his playing career with FC Dinamo Minsk before moving to Kiev in 1996.
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