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Gareth Bale named English PFA player of the year

Gareth Bale named English PFA player of the year
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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale became only the third person to be named the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year and young player of the year in the same season on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Wales international, who also won the main award in 2011, has scored 19 Premier League goals this season - a tally bettered only by Manchester United striker Robin van Persie with 25 and controversial Liverpool forward Luis Suarez (23).

He took the main award ahead of Van Persie, Suarez, Manchester United’s Michael Carrick and Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.

The winger joins Cristian Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Mark Hughes in earning the main award twice. Ronaldo in 2007 and Andy Gray in 1977 won both awards in the same year.

Flying Bale’s form has made him one of the most feared players in the Premier League and Europe and he is rising onto the occassion.
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