PFA Players' Player of the Year

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PFA Men's Players' Player of the Year
Kevin De Bruyne 201807091.jpg
2020 and 2021 winner Kevin De Bruyne
Sport Association football
CompetitionAll levels of English football
Country England and Wales
Presented by PFA
History
First award1973–74
Editions48
First winner Flag of England.svg Norman Hunter
Most recent Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Kevin De Bruyne (2021)
Website Official website

The Professional Footballers' Association Men's Players' Player of the Year (often called the PFA Men's Players' Player of the Year, the Players' Player of the Year, or simply the Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the year in English football. [1] The award has been presented since the 1973–74 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). [2] The current holder is Kevin De Bruyne, who retained the award on 6 June 2021. The 2020 ceremony was postponed from its usual date in April or May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [3]

Contents

The first winner of the award was Leeds United defender Norman Hunter. As of 2021, only Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Kevin De Bruyne have won the award on two occasions, and only Henry, Ronaldo and De Bruyne have won the award in consecutive seasons. Of the five, only Shearer won his two awards playing for different teams. Although there is a separate PFA Young Player of the Year award for players under the age of 23, young players remain eligible to win the senior award, and on three occasions the same player has won both awards for a season, Andy Gray in 1976–77, Ronaldo in 2006–07 and Bale in 2012–13. Only three non-European have won the award: Luis Suárez (Uruguay) in 201314, Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) in 201516 and Mohamed Salah (Egypt) in 201718.

Every spring, each member of the association votes for two players. [4] A shortlist of nominees is published in April and the winner of the award, along with the winners of the PFA's other annual awards, is announced at a gala event in London a few days later. [5] The award is regarded by the players themselves as extremely prestigious, with Teddy Sheringham describing it in 2001 as "the biggest personal award you can get in the game", [6] and John Terry stating in 2005 that he considered it "the ultimate accolade to be voted for by your fellow professionals whom you play against week-in and week-out". [7]

Winners

The award has been presented on 48 occasions as of 2021, with 42 different winners. [8] [9] [10] [11] The table also indicates where the winning player also won one or more of the other major "player of the year" awards in English football, namely the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award (FWA), [12] the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY), [13] the PFA Young Player of the Year award (YPY), [9] [10] [14] the Premier League Player of the Season award (PPS), [15] and the Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year award (FSF). [16]

Andy Gray was the first player to win the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in the same season. Andy Gray 2004-10-23.jpg
Andy Gray was the first player to win the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in the same season.
Mark Hughes was the first player to win the Player of the Year award twice. 1 mark hughes 2015.jpg
Mark Hughes was the first player to win the Player of the Year award twice.
Thierry Henry was the first player to win the award in two consecutive seasons. Thierry Henry Arsenal U19s Vs Olympiacos (cropped).jpg
Thierry Henry was the first player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to win all five major awards in the same year. Cristiano Ronaldo 2018.jpg
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to win all five major awards in the same year.
Winners of the PFA Players' of the Year
YearPlayerClubAlso wonNotes
1973–74 Flag of England.svg Norman Hunter Leeds United
1974–75 Flag of England.svg Colin Todd Derby County
1975–76 Ulster Banner.svg Pat Jennings Tottenham Hotspur [17]
1976–77 Flag of Scotland.svg Andy Gray Aston Villa YPY [18]
1977–78 Flag of England.svg Peter Shilton Nottingham Forest
1978–79 Flag of Ireland.svg Liam Brady Arsenal [19]
1979–80 Flag of England.svg Terry McDermott Liverpool FWA [20]
1980–81 Flag of Scotland.svg John Wark Ipswich Town
1981–82 Flag of England.svg Kevin Keegan Southampton
1982–83 Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish Liverpool FWA
1983–84 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Rush Liverpool FWA
1984–85 Flag of England.svg Peter Reid Everton
1985–86 Flag of England.svg Gary Lineker Everton FWA
1986–87 Flag of England.svg Clive Allen Tottenham Hotspur FWA
1987–88 Flag of England.svg John Barnes Liverpool FWA
1988–89 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes Manchester United
1989–90 Flag of England.svg David Platt Aston Villa
1990–91 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes (2) Manchester United [21]
1991–92 Flag of England.svg Gary Pallister Manchester United
1992–93 Flag of Ireland.svg Paul McGrath Aston Villa
1993–94 Flag of France.svg Eric Cantona Manchester United [22]
1994–95 Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers PPS
1995–96 Flag of England.svg Les Ferdinand Newcastle United
1996–97 Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer (2) Newcastle United [23]
1997–98 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal FWA
1998–99 Flag of France.svg David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur FWA
1999–2000 Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane Manchester United FWA
2000–01 Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham Manchester United FWA
2001–02 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United FPY
2002–03 Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry Arsenal FWA, FPY [24]
2003–04 Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry (2) Arsenal FWA, FPY, PPS [25]
2004–05 Flag of England.svg John Terry Chelsea
2005–06 Flag of England.svg Steven Gerrard Liverpool
2006–07 Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United FWA, FPY, YPY, PPS [26]
2007–08 Flag of Portugal.svg Cristiano Ronaldo (2) Manchester United FWA, FPY, PPS [27]
2008–09 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ryan Giggs Manchester United [28]
2009–10 Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney Manchester United FWA, FPY, PPS [11]
2010–11 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur [29]
2011–12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Robin van Persie Arsenal FWA, FPY [30]
2012–13 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gareth Bale (2) Tottenham Hotspur FWA, YPY, PPS [31]
2013–14 Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez Liverpool FWA, FPY, PPS, FSF [32]
2014–15 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eden Hazard Chelsea FWA, PPS [33]
2015–16 Flag of Algeria.svg Riyad Mahrez Leicester City FPY [34]
2016–17 Flag of France.svg N'Golo Kanté Chelsea FWA, PPS [35]
2017–18 Flag of Egypt.svg Mohamed Salah Liverpool FWA, FPY, PPS, FSF [36]
2018–19 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Virgil van Dijk Liverpool PPS, FSF [37]
2019–20 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City PPS [38]
2020–21 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Kevin De Bruyne (2) Manchester City

Breakdown of winners

By country

Winners of the PFA Players' Player of the Year by country
CountryNumber of winsWinning years
Flag of England.svg England
18
1973–74, 1974–75, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
6
1983–84, 1988–89, 1990–91, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
Flag of France.svg France
5
1993–94, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2016–17
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
4
1997–98, 2001–02, 2011–12, 2018–19
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
3
1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83
Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland
3
1978–79, 1992–93, 1999–2000
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
3
2014–15, 2019–20, 2020-21
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
2
2006–07, 2007–08
Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland
1
1975–76
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
1
2013–14
Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria
1
2015–16
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
1
2017–18

By club

Winners of the PFA Players' Player of the Year by club
ClubNumber of winsWinning years
Manchester United
11
1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Liverpool
8
1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 2005–06, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19
Tottenham Hotspur
5
1975–76, 1986–87, 1998–99, 2010–11, 2012–13
Arsenal
5
1978–79, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12
Chelsea
3
2004–05, 2014–15, 2016–17
Aston Villa
3
1976–77, 1989–90, 1992–93
Everton
2
1984–85, 1985–86
Newcastle United
2
1995–96, 1996–97
Manchester City
2
2019–20, 2020–21
Leeds United
1
1973–74
Derby County
1
1974–75
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
Ipswich Town
1
1980–81
Southampton
1
1981–82
Blackburn Rovers
1
1994–95
Leicester City
1
2015–16

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