Tottenham’s Gareth Bales scoops PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards
Spurs star Gareth Bale has been named as the PFA Player of the Year – and its Young Player of the Year.
The 23-year-old picked up both honours – both of which are voted for by fellow professionals – at a ceremony held last night.
He said: “It’s a massive honour. To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game.”
Bale became only the third player to win both awards in the same season. Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the feat in 2006-07 and Andy Gray did it back in 1976-77. So, definite cause to take a bow, son.
PFA chairman Gordon Taylor said: “Gareth has had a tremendous season. He has had the same impact on Welsh football as Ryan Giggs did. He is part of the Southampton success story.”
Bale was inevitably also named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season. The full line-up is:
Premier League Team of the Year: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Leighton Baines (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).