Owen, Rooney & more: Twitter reacts as Bale wins both PFA awards

Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney both tweet their thoughts after Gareth Bale wins both player and young player of the year awards

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Gareth Bale was named player and young player of the year on Sunday Photo: Twitter/Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale scooped both the PFA player of the year and young player of the year awards on Sunday night.

The Tottenham Hotspur winger, who won the top award in 2011 too, beat Liverpool’s controversial Luis Suárez into second place, while Manchester United striker Robin van Persie came third.

Here is a selection of our favourite tweets from the professionals to Bale’s triumph and the other worthy winners on Sunday night.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri (‏@SamNasri19) hails the club’s right-back: “Congrats @pablo_zabaleta on being selected in team of the year, fully deserved.”

Citizens striker Sergio Aguero (‏@aguerosergiokun) praises his compatriot: “RT ‘@pablo_zabaleta: Truly humbled to be included within the @PFA Team Of The Year’. Congratulations my friend!”

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam ‏(@Charlie26Adam) shows there are no hard feelings with Bale: “Congratulations to @GarethBale11 on winning player and young player of the year!”

Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel (‏@friedel_b) congratulates his team-mate: “Congratulations to Gaz Bale. Great guy…well deserved”

Former Wales international John Hartson ‏(@JohnHartson10) is thrilled to see his fellow Welshman get recognition: “@GarethBale11 Well done Baley.. Absolute quality player a great achievement to win both awards..delighted for you mate..”

Ex-Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby (‏@hucks6dh6) feels Suárez should have won the award: “Fair play to Bale winning both PFA awards, had a superb season, still think Suárez has been best player in Premier League,just ruins it by being a k**b.”

Stoke City striker Michael Owen ‏(@themichaelowen) sends his well wishes to Bale: “Congratulations @GarethBale11 on winning both awards.”

Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor ‏(@IanTaylor7) coins a phrase of a famous ex-team-mate: “Well done @GarethBale11 on winning both POTY awards. Take a bow son. #player”

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (‏@rioferdy5) is pleased for his goalkeeper: “Me and @d_degea going home after the PFA awards! Congrats to Bale on winning both player of the year awards!”

Man-of-the-moment Bale ‏(@GarethBale11) tweets his thoughts: “I’m very proud to have won two PFA awards and make the team of the year… When it’s your fellow pros who vote for the awards, it makes them feel that extra bit more special. Thanks for all the kind tweets!”

United striker Wayne Rooney (‏@WayneRooney) felt Robin van Persie or Suárez should have won the award: “Congrats to Gareth Bale on winning both awards tonight. I think Van Persie or Suárez should of won it though Buzzing De Gea was in team of year. Yes David well deserved!”

United legend Peter Schmeichel ‏(@Pschmeichel1) praises his son: “Congratulations @GarethBale11 #PlayerOfTheSeason & @kschmeichel1 in The Championship Team of the year #PFAawards. Great to that his fellow pros have acknowledged the ability and performances of @D_DeGea and voted him in the #PFA team of the year.”

Former Everton skipper Tim Cahill ‏(@Tim_Cahill): “Congratulations to Gareth Bale on taking both PFA player of the year. Thought @Persie_Official was unlucky not to have taken one #bothclass”

Current Toffees captain Phil Neville (‏@fizzer18) is delighted for Leighton Baines: “Great night @PFA awards well done to all the winners, especially Bainesy for getting in team of the year well deserved!”

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