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Nikolic finishes third in MLS MVP voting

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The MLS Golden Boot winner comes up short in this race

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Fire forward and 2017 MLS Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolic finished third in this season’s MVP voting.

Nikolic received a modest 7.84% of the vote, finishing behind NYCFC’s David Villa (16.4%) and eventual landslide winner Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers (50.71%).

The Hungarian international still made quite the impression on MLS this year, though, scoring 24 goals and registering 4 assists in his 34 regular season appearances.

He was hoping to become the second Fire player in history to win MVP. The first — and only — Fire player to do so was Mike Magee in 2013, who scored 21 goals that season.

All in all, Nikolic remains one of the top players in the league, and should be nothing but proud to be in the company of the likes of Valeri, Villa and Sebastian Giovinco.

Well played, Niko!