|PFA Men's Players' Player of the Year|
|Competition||All levels of English football|
|Country||England and Wales|
|First winner||Norman Hunter|
|Most recent||Kevin De Bruyne (2021)|
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.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). 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.
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 2013–14, Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) in 2015–16 and Mohamed Salah (Egypt) in 2017–18.
Every spring, each member of the association votes for two players.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. 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", 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".
The award has been presented on 48 occasions as of 2021, with 42 different winners.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), the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY), the PFA Young Player of the Year award (YPY), the Premier League Player of the Season award (PPS), and the Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year award (FSF).
|1973–74||Norman Hunter||Leeds United|
|1974–75||Colin Todd||Derby County|
|1975–76||Pat Jennings||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1976–77||Andy Gray||Aston Villa||YPY|
|1977–78||Peter Shilton||Nottingham Forest|
|1980–81||John Wark||Ipswich Town|
|1986–87||Clive Allen||Tottenham Hotspur||FWA|
|1988–89||Mark Hughes||Manchester United|
|1989–90||David Platt||Aston Villa|
|1990–91||Mark Hughes (2)||Manchester United|
|1991–92||Gary Pallister||Manchester United|
|1992–93||Paul McGrath||Aston Villa|
|1993–94||Eric Cantona||Manchester United|
|1994–95||Alan Shearer||Blackburn Rovers||PPS|
|1995–96||Les Ferdinand||Newcastle United|
|1996–97||Alan Shearer (2)||Newcastle United|
|1998–99||David Ginola||Tottenham Hotspur||FWA|
|1999–2000||Roy Keane||Manchester United||FWA|
|2000–01||Teddy Sheringham||Manchester United||FWA|
|2001–02||Ruud van Nistelrooy||Manchester United||FPY|
|2002–03||Thierry Henry||Arsenal||FWA, FPY|
|2003–04||Thierry Henry (2)||Arsenal||FWA, FPY, PPS|
|2006–07||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||FWA, FPY, YPY, PPS|
|2007–08||Cristiano Ronaldo (2)||Manchester United||FWA, FPY, PPS|
|2008–09||Ryan Giggs||Manchester United|
|2009–10||Wayne Rooney||Manchester United||FWA, FPY, PPS|
|2010–11||Gareth Bale||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2011–12||Robin van Persie||Arsenal||FWA, FPY|
|2012–13||Gareth Bale (2)||Tottenham Hotspur||FWA, YPY, PPS|
|2013–14||Luis Suárez||Liverpool||FWA, FPY, PPS, FSF|
|2014–15||Eden Hazard||Chelsea||FWA, PPS|
|2015–16||Riyad Mahrez||Leicester City||FPY|
|2016–17||N'Golo Kanté||Chelsea||FWA, PPS|
|2017–18||Mohamed Salah||Liverpool||FWA, FPY, PPS, FSF|
|2018–19||Virgil van Dijk||Liverpool||PPS, FSF|
|2019–20||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City||PPS|
|2020–21||Kevin De Bruyne (2)||Manchester City|
|Country||Number of wins||Winning years|
|England||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|
|Wales||1983–84, 1988–89, 1990–91, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13|
|France||1993–94, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2016–17|
|Netherlands||1997–98, 2001–02, 2011–12, 2018–19|
|Scotland||1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83|
|Republic of Ireland||1978–79, 1992–93, 1999–2000|
|Belgium||2014–15, 2019–20, 2020-21|
|Club||Number of wins||Winning years|
|Manchester United||1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10|
|Liverpool||1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 2005–06, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19|
|Tottenham Hotspur||1975–76, 1986–87, 1998–99, 2010–11, 2012–13|
|Arsenal||1978–79, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12|
|Chelsea||2004–05, 2014–15, 2016–17|
|Aston Villa||1976–77, 1989–90, 1992–93|
|Newcastle United||1995–96, 1996–97|
|Manchester City||2019–20, 2020–21|
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