Spurs star Gareth Bale picks up both PFA awards
Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Gareth Bale took over English football with a storm this season. Now, the 23-year-old Welshman has won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award and the Young Player of the Year award for the 2012-13 season.
Gareth Bale beat players such as Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, Aston Villa center-forward Christian Benteke and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie. By grabbing double honors, Gareth Bale has become the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007 to bag double honors.
Gareth Bale, who also won the Young Player of the Year award in 2011, claims his fellow teammates and manager Andre Villas-Boas deserve a lot of credit helping him achieve such success.
“It's a massive honor. To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game. It's great to win it and I am delighted,” Gareth Bale said. “When you look at the list there are some massive names on it but I couldn't have done it without the team.
“They have been fantastic this year and so has the manager. I couldn't have won it without them so I would like to give them all a big thank you. The other nominees have been unbelievable, they have been outstanding for their clubs and it's a massive moment to win, especially as it's both awards and it's something that I'm extremely proud of.
“Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez, just to name two have been fantastic. They have been outstanding this season and it's been a great season for everyone to watch. There is still some time to go.
“I always admired players like Ryan Giggs and Thierry Henry. I have been watching them since I grew up, watching these games, watching these awards, so to be here now is surreal.”
The Welsh international has netted 19 goals and grabbed four assists in 30 Premier League appearances this season. Gareth Bale has also played a huge role in helping Tottenham Hotspur fight for a Champions League berth.
Tottenham Hotspur are currently positioned fifth, but they have a game in hand and are only two and three points away from Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.