Petrov up for prestigious 'man of the year' award
Stiliyan Petrov has been nominated in the annual Bulgarian 'Man of the Year' award.
Petrov has been shortlisted because of his position as a "role model to the world, for his humble but strong personality and for his will to stand up and fight his illness."
It is the 22nd year of the competition, with sportsmen, politicians, country leaders, artists and other distinguished men from the country amongst the winners through the years.
Dimitar Berbatov was the last footballer to emerge victorious when he at Manchester United three years ago.
Petrov, fighting hard in his battle with leukaemia, is in the running alongside professional boxer Kubrat Pulev, who is unbeaten in 17 matches as a professional and Petar Petrov, the mechanic who saved over 500 people after the cruise ship 'Costa Concordia' went down in Italian waters.
The nominations were selected by 20 leading Bulgarian journalists - and it is organised by Darik Radio.
Selections have just concluded and votes are now being counted.
The award ceremony will be held on January 21 in Sofia.
Make sure you're there to back the lads against Southampton.