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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 (PFA). The first winner of the award was Leeds United defender Norman Hunter. The current holder is Ryan Giggs of Manchester United. As of 2009, 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 Londonmarker 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".

Winners

The award has been presented on 36 occasions as of 2009, with 32 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), and the PFA Young Player of the Year award (YPY).

Year Player Club Also won Notes
1973–74 Leeds United
1974–75 Derby County
1975–76 Tottenham Hotspur
1976–77 Aston Villa YPY
1977–78 Nottingham Forest
1978–79 Arsenal
1979–80 Liverpool FWA
1980–81 Ipswich Town
1981–82 Southampton
1982–83 Liverpool FWA
1983–84 Liverpool FWA
1984–85 Everton
1985–86 Everton FWA
1986–87 Tottenham Hotspur FWA
1987–88 Liverpool FWA
1988–89 Manchester United
1989–90 Aston Villa
1990–91 Manchester United
1991–92 Manchester United
1992–93 Aston Villa
1993–94 Manchester United
1994–95 Blackburn Roversmarker
1995–96 Newcastle United
1996–97 Newcastle United
1997–98 Arsenal FWA
1998–99 Tottenham Hotspur FWA
1999–00 Manchester United FWA
2000–01 Manchester United FWA
2001–02 Manchester United FPY
2002–03 Arsenal FWA, FPY
2003–04 Arsenal FWA, FPY
2004–05 Chelsea
2005–06 Liverpool
2006–07 Manchester United FWA, FPY, YPY
2007–08 Manchester United FWA, FPY
2008–09 Manchester United


Breakdown of winners

Winners by country

Country Number of wins Winning years
Englandmarker
17
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
Walesmarker
4
1983–84, 1988–89, 1990–91, 2008–09
Francemarker
4
1993–94, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04
Republic of Irelandmarker
3
1978–79, 1992–93, 1999–00
Scotlandmarker
3
1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83
Netherlandsmarker
2
1997–98, 2001–02
Portugalmarker
2
2006–07, 2007–08
Northern Irelandmarker
1
1975–76


Winners by club

Club Number of wins Winning years
Manchester United
10
1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
Liverpool
5
1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 2005–06
Arsenal
4
1978–79, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04
Aston Villa
3
1976–77, 1989–90, 1992–93
Tottenham Hotspur
3
1975–76, 1986–87, 1998–99
Newcastle United
2
1996–97, 1997–98
Everton
2
1984–85, 1985–86
Chelsea
1
2004–05
Blackburn Roversmarker
1
1994–95
Southampton
1
1981–82
Ipswich Town
1
1980–81
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
Derby County
1
1974–75
Leeds United
1
1973–74


References

  1. First non-English winner, also first player to win both the PFA and FWA awards, having won the FWA award in 1973.
  2. First player to win two awards in a single season.
  3. First winner from outside the United Kingdom.
  4. First player to win both PFA and FWA awards in the same season.
  5. First player to win the award twice.
  6. First winner of the award from outside the British Isles.
  7. First player to win the award with two different clubs.
  8. First player to win three awards in a single season.
  9. First player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  10. First player to win four awards in a single season.


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