Earning a place in the PFA team of the year is a pretty impressive feat, but it often goes unnoticed – not today!
The Daily Mail has taken a look at the players that have received the most votes by their peers since the Premier League kicked off in 1992. There are some shock absentees from the XI…
There’s no place for legends Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes or Gianfranco Zola, with the latter unbelievably having NEVER received a place in a PFA team of the year.
There’s great news for Liverpool fans and the recently red-carded Steven Gerrard, as, in the history of England’s top-flight, no player has received more votes…
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GK – Edwin van der Saar
Fulham & Manchester United
Voted: 2007, 2009, 2011
The Dutchman proved that age is but a number, as despite being 34-years-old when he made the switch from Craven Cottage to Old Trafford, he was pivotal in the three consecutive league titles won under Sir Alex Ferguson, and not forgetting the 2008 Champions League final.
RB – Gary Neville
Voted: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007
The defender, now an outstanding Sky Sports pundit, was a crucial player, and leader, that helped make the Red Devils a powerful force in England and Europe – not to mention he was a huge part of the treble-winning team of the 1998-99 season.
RCB – Rio Ferdinand
West Ham, Leeds United, Manchester United, QPR
Voted: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013
The former England skipper is likely to hang up his boots in the summer. However, Ferdinand remains one of the greatest English centre-backs the Premier League has seen, with an outstanding ability to read the game against the toughest of opponents.
LCB – Nemanja Vidic
A fearless defender, who put his body on the line every time he stepped on the pitch – after a tough first six months at Manchester United, he became a firm favourite among the Old Trafford faithful.
LB – Ashley Cole
Arsenal & Chelsea
Voted: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011
Often referred to as the greatest left-back in the world; there were few who could rival the former Blues full-back in the position, with his performances against Cristiano Ronaldo in his Man United days among the most outstanding of his career.