Gareth Bale wins PFA player of the year

Gareth Bale has been named the Professional Footballer’ Association Player of the Year, in a star-studded event in which lots of footballers get drunk and then try it on with each others’ girlfriends. Allegedly.

The Welshman, who is only 21 years old and was up for the young player award as well, becomes the fourth from Wales to win the award, after Ian Rush, Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs. It caps off a momentous season for him too, in which his play in the Champions League for Tottenham has caught the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs; however Bale was his usual mild-mannered self once he picked up the gong.

‘I am more than delighted, really,’ he said. ‘It is a massive award and it is a great honour to receive, especially from other fellow professionals. It is an honour, really, when you look at the names that have won it before and it just makes you go 'wow'.

‘There haven't been too many Welshman to have won the trophy but it is great and it is great for me personally. And it is not just for me, it is for all my team-mates that have helped me through the season and it is kind of for everyone, really.

‘Playing in a good team with good players definitely helped me a lot and all the boys have been fantastic, the manager has been fantastic, giving me my chance, and it is something I want to improve on.’

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