Daegu FC's Brazilian forward Cesinha was named South Korean football's best player for May on Thursday, capturing his fourth career monthly prize.
The Korea Professional Football League (K League) announced that Cesinha beat out three nominees for the Player of the Month prize for May.
The winner was chosen based on votes by the K League's technical study group (60 percent), fans (25 percent) and players of "FIFA Online 4" (15 percent) by Electronic Arts (EA) Sports, the league's official video game partner.
Cesinha led the way in fan voting and FIFA video game player voting. Jeju United striker Joo Min-kyu edged out Cesinha in the K League voting, but it wasn't enough for the overall prize.
In the six matches played in May, Cesinha recorded three goals and four assists, helping Daegu to an undefeated month with two victories and four draws.
The monthly award was introduced in March 2019, and Cesinha is now the first to win at least one Player of the Month prize in every season.
No South Korean player has yet captured the award this season. Incheon United's Montenegrin forward Stefan Mugosa had won the first two awards before ceding way to Cesinha. (Yonhap)