The Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year
(often called the PFA 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
The current holder is Gareth Bale
of Tottenham Hotspur
. The first winner of the award was Leeds United
defender Norman Hunter
. As of 2011, only Mark Hughes
, Alan Shearer
, Thierry Henry
and Cristiano Ronaldo
have won the award on two occasions, and only Henry and Ronaldo have won the award in consecutive seasons. Of the four, only Shearer won his awards playing for two 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 two occasions the same player has won both awards for a season, Andy Gray
in 1976–77 and Ronaldo in 2006–07.
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.
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