Gareth Bale wins both PFA player of the year awards
Gareth Bale has been rewarded for his outstanding campaign for Tottenham with a PFA player of the year award double
Gareth Bale has been rewarded for his outstanding campaign for Tottenham with a PFA player of the year award double.
The Tottenham Hotspur winger scooped both the young player crown and senior prize at a glitzy awards ceremony in London on Sunday night.
Bale, who also won the senior PFA award in 2011, has been in sensational form this term, scoring 19 Premier League goals for Spurs, including the opener against Wigan Athletic in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium.
The 23-year-old beat off stiff competition from Robin van Persie, Luis Suárez, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Michael Carrick to land the prestigious trophy.
Bale is the first player to be crowned both player of the year and young player of the year since Cristiano Ronaldo scooped the double back in 2007.
Ronaldo and Andy Gray are the only two other players to have won both awards in the same season. And only Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Ronaldo have ever won the main prize twice.
“It’s a massive honour,” said Bale. “To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game. It’s great to win it and I am delighted.”
The Wales international pipped Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere to the young player prize, which is open to footballers aged 23 and under at the start of the season.
Bale also made the PFA team of the year for the 2012-13 campaign, joining the likes of Suárez, Van Persie, Mata and Hazard.
Premier League team of the year 2012-13
David de Gea (Manchester United), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Leighton Baines (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Luis Suárez (Liverpool).