It must have come as no surprise to anyone to see Cristiano Ronaldo win PFA Player of the Year on Sunday evening. The Portuguese winger-cum-striker has been nothing short of sensational throughout the season, scoring 38 goals in all competitions to date and helping steer Manchester United towards another Premier League crown and a Champions League victory.
The Guardian report that Ronaldo picks up the award for a second successive season, what price a third next term, providing the Red Devils number seven stays free from injury, something he seems quite adept at doing. The player was suitably chuffed at receiving the recognition.
“I feel very happy,” he said. “When you work all season to play good, to do something for the team, to do your contribution for the team and then at the end of the season the PFA give you this award, it is a great moment, it is an honour, a pleasure. It is a great motivation to carry on like that, to work more and get better.”
It’s clear that no resting on laurels took place last term when Ronaldo won the award, although it’s scary to think that the boy might continue to improve! There was also joy for Cesc Fabregas as he won the young player’s award, which at least will go some way to compensating for Arsenal’s entertaining yet potless season.
“I’m very proud. It’s a very prestigious trophy,” said the midfielder. “Football is a collective game and you prefer to win trophies with team-mates but it’s always nice to have this type of award. I dedicate it to my team-mates because without them I would not have won.”
Fabregas’ Spanish team-mate Fernando Torres can consider himself unlucky not to have won the award, especially as he’s been so impressive during his first season in the Premier League. The Liverpool number nine is one of the reasons why the Reds might yet win the Champions League and will surely have his hands on one of these awards in seasons to come.