PFA Players' Player of the Year

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 Mohamed Salah, who won the award on 22 April 2018 for his displays throughout the 2017–18 season, representing Liverpool.

The first winner of the award was Leeds United defender Norman Hunter. As of 2019, only Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have won the award on two occasions, and only Henry and Ronaldo 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

Every spring, each member of the association votes for two players.[3] 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.[4] 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",[5] 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".[6]

PFA Men's Players' Player of the Year
Mohamed Salah 2017
Mohamed Salah won the award in 2018.
SportAssociation football
CompetitionAll levels of English football
CountryEngland and Wales
Presented byPFA
History
First award1973–74
Editions45
First winnerEngland Norman Hunter
Most recentEgypt Mohamed Salah
WebsiteOfficial website

Winners

The award has been presented on 45 occasions as of 2018, with 40 different winners.[7][8][9][10] 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),[11] the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY),[12] the PFA Young Player of the Year award (YPY),[8][9][13] and the Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year award (FSF).[14]

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

Breakdown of winners

By country

Country Number of wins Winning years
England 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
Wales Wales
6
1983–84, 1988–89, 1990–91, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
France France
5
1993–94, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2016–17
Scotland Scotland
3
1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
3
1978–79, 1992–93, 1999–2000
Netherlands Netherlands
3
1997–98, 2001–02, 2011–12
Portugal Portugal
2
2006–07, 2007–08
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
1
1975–76
Uruguay Uruguay
1
2013–14
Belgium Belgium
1
2014–15
Algeria Algeria
1
2015–16
Egypt Egypt
1
2017–18

By club

Club Number of wins Winning years
Manchester United
11
1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Liverpool
7
1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 2005–06, 2013–14, 2017–18
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
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

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Ronaldo picks up the double". The Daily Mail. London. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
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  5. ^ "Sheringham wins second award". BBC. 29 April 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
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  14. ^ "The FSF Awards in association with William Hill (Monday 16th Dec)". Football Supporters’ Federation. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  15. ^ First non–English winner, also first player to win both the PFA and FWA awards, having won the FWA award in 1973.
  16. ^ First player to win two awards in a single season.
  17. ^ First winner from outside the United Kingdom.
  18. ^ First player to win both PFA and FWA awards in the same season.
  19. ^ First player to win the award twice.
  20. ^ First winner of the award from outside the British Isles.
  21. ^ First player to win the award with two clubs.
  22. ^ First player to win three awards in a single season.
  23. ^ First player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  24. ^ First player to win four awards in a single season.
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  26. ^ Stafford, Mikey (26 April 2009). "Ryan Giggs pays tribute to manager after adding another trophy to cabinet". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
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  29. ^ "Gareth Bale wins PFA Player of Year and Young Player awards". BBC Sport. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  30. ^ First South American and non-European player to win the award.
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Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland

The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland (PFAI) is the representative body for professional and semi-professional footballers in Republic of Ireland. Players from all nationalities in the League of Ireland are represented, not just Irish players. It is a member of FIFPro; the international body for similar organisations, and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. The PFAI's current chairman is Dundalk F.C Gary Rogers.

The highest profile activities of the PFAI is the annual Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. These winners of these awards are voted for by member players and members cannot vote for one of their clubmates. Paul McGrath is currently the only man to win the award in Ireland and also win the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in England. The PFAI linked up with the Ireland WNT to improve their conditions in April 2017.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Karim Mahrez (Arabic: رياض كريم محرز‎; born 21 February 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City and the Algerian national team.

Mahrez began his career as a youth player for French club AAS Sarcelles. He turned professional in 2009 with Quimper, where he played for only one season before moving to Le Havre, spending a total of three years with them, initially playing for their reserve team and then becoming a first-team regular. In January 2014, Mahrez signed for English side Leicester City, helping them win the Championship and promotion to the Premier League at the end of his first season. In the 2015–16 season he was the Algerian Footballer of the Year, the PFA Players' Player of the Year, and was a member of the Premier League PFA Team of the Year as he helped Leicester City win the Premier League.

Born in France, Mahrez made his international debut for Algeria in 2014 and represented them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and both the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. In 2016 he was named CAF's African Footballer of the Year.

PFA Players' Player of the Year
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Premier League
English Football League (EFL)
Professional Footballers' Association (PFA)
Football Supporters' Federation (FSF)
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Football Writers' Association (FWA)
League Football Education (LFE)
Match of the Day (BBC Television)
British honours system
National Footballer of the Year award
UEFA
AFC
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CONMEBOL
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