Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year. This is the second time in a row that the 23-year old Portuguese international winger has been honoured with the prestigious award.
Ronaldo has certainly been head and shoulders above the rest of the players in the Premiership this season although he did face considerable challege from Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard for the PFA player of the year award. Ronaldo has scored 38 goals in all competitions this season and could add even more goals to his tally.
Ronaldo said this after collecting the award:
“I feel very happy. It is a great moment, it is an honour, a pleasure.
“When you work all season to play good, to do something for the team, and then at the end of the season the PFA give you this award, it is a great motivation to carry on like that, to work more and get better.
“I feel very good but it is not just my award, my team-mates have helped me a lot this season.
“They give me good passes to score goals - and I score - but it is a good moment for me.”
Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal collected the best young player’s award although he did have to face challenge from Ronaldo on this matter too. The Spanish international said after collecting his award:
“I’m very proud. It’s a very prestigious trophy.
“Football is a collective game and you prefer to win trophies with team-mates but it’s always nice to have this type of award.
“I dedicate it to my team-mates because without them I would not have won.”