Premier League Player of the Season

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Thierry Henry (left), Nemanja Vidić (middle) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right) have won the most Player of the Season awards with two each.

The Premier League Player of the Season is an annual association football award presented to players in England, which recognises the most outstanding player in the Premier League each season. The recipient is chosen by a panel assembled by the league's sponsors consisting of members of "football's governing bodies, the media and fans", and is announced in the second or third week of May. [1] [2] For sponsorship purposes, from 1994 to 2001 it was called the Carling Player of the Year; from 2001 to 2004 as the Barclaycard Player of the Year; [3] and from 2004 to 2016 as the Barclays Player of the Season. [4] [ failed verification ] [5] Since the 2016–17 season, it is called the EA Sports Player of the Season.

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The Premier League was founded in 1992, when the clubs of the First Division left the Football League and established a new commercially independent league that negotiated its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements. [4] The newly formed league had no sponsor for its inaugural season until Carling agreed to a four-year £12 million deal that started the following season. [6] That same season, Carling introduced individual awards for players, such as the Golden Boot. [7] However, the Player of the Month and Player of the Season awards were only first bestowed during the 1994–95 season. [8] [9] The first Player of the Season award was given to Blackburn Rovers striker Alan Shearer, who won the Premier League title with his team and the Golden Boot that season. [9] [10]

Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidić have been Player of the Season on two occasions each and are the only players to have won the award more than once, with Ronaldo having achieved this in consecutive years (2007 and 2008). Eight players were the Premier League's leading goalscorer and won the Golden Boot alongside the Player of the Season award. [11] [12] Four of these players – Kevin Phillips, [13] Henry, [14] Ronaldo and Luis Suárez – went on to win the European Golden Shoe in the same season. [15] [16] 11 players have won the Premier League trophy with their respective clubs in the same year they received the award, with Ronaldo and Vidić each accomplishing the feat on two occasions with Manchester United. [1] [17] Ronaldo is the only player to be named Player of the Season and win the FIFA World Player of the Year; when he accomplished this in 2008, he became the first player from the Premier League to be voted the world's top footballer. [18]

Winners

Alan Shearer won the inaugural Premier League Player of the Season in 1995. Alan Shearer 2008.jpg
Alan Shearer won the inaugural Premier League Player of the Season in 1995.
Peter Schmeichel, the 1996 winner, is the only goalkeeper to win the award. Peter Schmeichel juli 1991.JPG
Peter Schmeichel, the 1996 winner, is the only goalkeeper to win the award.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2007 and 2008 recipient, won his latter award alongside the FIFA World Player of the Year. C Ronaldo.jpg
Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2007 and 2008 recipient, won his latter award alongside the FIFA World Player of the Year.
Luis Suarez, the 2014 recipient of the award, is one of four different players to win the European Golden Shoe alongside the Player of the Season award. Luis Suarez Diaz.jpg
Luis Suárez, the 2014 recipient of the award, is one of four different players to win the European Golden Shoe alongside the Player of the Season award.
Key
Player (X)Name of the player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
Dagger-14-plain.pngIndicates player also won the European Golden Shoe in the same season
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngIndicates player also won the European Golden Shoe and FIFA World Player of the Year in the same season
§Denotes the club were Premier League champions in the same season
Premier League Player of the Season winners
SeasonPlayerPosition [upper-alpha 1] NationalityClubRef(s)
1994–95 Alan Shearer Forward Flag of England.svg  England Blackburn Rovers § [19]
1995–96 Peter Schmeichel Goalkeeper Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Manchester United § [20]
1996–97 Juninho Midfielder Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Middlesbrough [21]
1997–98 Michael Owen Forward Flag of England.svg  England Liverpool [22]
1998–99 Dwight Yorke Forward Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago Manchester United § [23]
1999–2000 Kevin Phillips Dagger-14-plain.png Forward Flag of England.svg  England Sunderland [24]
2000–01 Patrick Vieira Midfielder Flag of France.svg  France Arsenal [25]
2001–02 Freddie Ljungberg Midfielder Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Arsenal § [26]
2002–03 Ruud van Nistelrooy Forward Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Manchester United § [27] [28]
2003–04 Thierry Henry Dagger-14-plain.png Forward Flag of France.svg  France Arsenal § [29] [30]
2004–05 Frank Lampard Midfielder Flag of England.svg  England Chelsea § [31] [32]
2005–06 Thierry Henry (2) Forward Flag of France.svg  France Arsenal [33] [34]
2006–07 Cristiano Ronaldo Forward Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Manchester United § [1]
2007–08 Cristiano Ronaldo Double-dagger-14-plain.png(2) Forward Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Manchester United § [1] [18]
2008–09 Nemanja Vidić Defender Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia Manchester United § [35]
2009–10 Wayne Rooney Forward Flag of England.svg  England Manchester United [36]
2010–11 Nemanja Vidić (2) Defender Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Manchester United § [37]
2011–12 Vincent Kompany Defender Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Manchester City § [38]
2012–13 Gareth Bale Midfielder Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Tottenham Hotspur [39]
2013–14 Luis Suárez Dagger-14-plain.png Forward Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Liverpool [40]
2014–15 Eden Hazard Midfielder Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Chelsea § [5]
2015–16 Jamie Vardy Forward Flag of England.svg  England Leicester City § [41]
2016–17 N'Golo Kanté Midfielder Flag of France.svg  France Chelsea § [42]
2017–18 Mohamed Salah Forward Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt Liverpool [43]
2018–19 Virgil van Dijk Defender Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Liverpool [44]
2019–20 Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Manchester City [45]
2020–21 Rúben Dias Defender Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Manchester City § [46]

Awards won by nationality

Winners of the Premier League Player of the Season by nationality
CountryWins
Flag of England.svg  England 6
Flag of France.svg  France 4
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 3
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 3
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 2
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 1
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 1

Awards won by position

Winners of the Premier League Player of the Season by position
PositionWins
Forward 13
Midfielder 8
Defender 5
Goalkeeper 1

Awards won by club

Winners of the Premier League Player of the Season by club
ClubWins
Manchester United 8
Arsenal 4
Liverpool 4
Chelsea 3
Manchester City 3
Leicester City 1
Blackburn Rovers 1
Middlesbrough 1
Sunderland 1
Tottenham Hotspur 1

See also

Notes

  1. The Premier League general reference below links to the database search of all footballers who have played in the league, where the profiles of each winner can be found and their position verified.

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