Another accolade for Gareth Bale as Tottenham star scoops FWA award

Gareth Bale is named as the Football Writers' Association footballer of the year after an impressive campaign for Tottenham

gareth bale
Gareth Bale has scored 19 league goals for Tottenham this season Photo: Back Page Images

Gareth Bale has been named as the Football Writers’ Association footballer of the year, just days after the Tottenham winger won both of the main PFA player of the year awards.

The 23-year-old winger scooped the prestigious prize ahead of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie and Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata.

The news comes just four days after Bale, who has scored 19 Premier League goals this season, won the PFA young player and senior player of the year awards.

“It is a huge honour to receive the footballer of the year award from the Football Writers’ Association,” said Bale.

“It means a lot to win this award when you consider the number of players that have been outstanding for their clubs in the Barclays Premier League this season.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be playing in such a fantastic team and I owe a lot to my team-mates and, obviously, the manager who has shown such faith in me.

“This award has been won in the past by some of the greatest names in football and I consider it a privilege that the FWA have selected me to be named alongside them.”

FWA chairman and chief sports writer for the Sunday Mirror Andy Dunn said: “In a contest for votes that took so many late twists and turns, Gareth’s penchant for the spectacular captured the imagination.

“He is a player who is rising inexorably towards the rarefied levels of world stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Twice the PFA Player of the Year and now, two months before his 24th birthday, the FWA footballer of the year.

“Let’s all hope he lights up the Barclays Premier League for many seasons to come.”

Alan Shearer (Photo: BBC Sport / Screengrab)
‘Just too good’: Alan Shearer heaps praise on Chelsea FC trio
Gary Neville
Gary Neville: Man United star Mason Greenwood is on a 'different level'
Paul Merson
Paul Merson: Harry Kane would be 'perfect' for Man United
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea FC v FC Porto
Roy Keane
Roy Keane raves about ‘outstanding’ Man United star after Tottenham showing
Alan Shearer (Photo: BBC Sport / Screengrab)
‘Just too good’: Alan Shearer heaps praise on Chelsea FC trio
Gary Neville
Gary Neville: Man United star Mason Greenwood is on a 'different level'
Paul Merson
Paul Merson: Harry Kane would be 'perfect' for Man United
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea FC v FC Porto
Roy Keane
Roy Keane raves about ‘outstanding’ Man United star after Tottenham showing
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature