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Premier League Player of the Season

Thierry Henry, wearing a red shirt with white long sleeves and shorts with a number 12 and Nike logo on the left-leg side, applauds.
Nemanja Vidić, wearing a red Manchester United jersey with the AIG sponsor logo at the front centre and shorts with a number 15 and Nike logo on the left-leg side, looks forward with his mouth partly opened.
Cristiano Ronaldo as a Manchester United No. 7 in 2007, the same year he won the Player of the Season
Thierry Henry (left), Nemanja Vidić (middle) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right) have won the most Player of the Season awards with two each.

The Premier League Player of the Season is an annual association football award presented to players in England, which recognises the most outstanding player in the Premier League each season. The recipient is chosen by a panel assembled by the league's sponsors consisting of members of "football's governing bodies, the media and fans", and is announced in the second or third week of May.[1][2] For sponsorship purposes, from 1994 to 2001 it was called the Carling Player of the Year; from 2001 to 2004 as the Barclaycard Player of the Year;[3] and from 2004 to 2016 as the Barclays Player of the Season.[4][5] Since the 2016–17 season, it is called the EA Sports Player of the Season.

The Premier League was founded in 1992, when the clubs of the First Division left the Football League and established a new commercially independent league that negotiated its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.[4] The newly formed league had no sponsor for its inaugural season until Carling agreed to a four-year £12 million deal that started the following season.[6] That same season, Carling introduced individual awards for players, such as the Golden Boot.[7] However, the Player of the Month and Player of the Season awards were only first bestowed during the 1994–95 season.[8][9] The first Player of the Season award was given to Blackburn Rovers striker Alan Shearer, who won the Premier League title with his team and the Golden Boot that season.[9][10]

Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidić have been Player of the Season on two occasions each and are the only players to have won the award more than once, with Ronaldo having achieved this in consecutive years (2007 and 2008). Eight players were the Premier League's leading goalscorer and won the Golden Boot alongside the Player of the Season award.[11][12] Four of these players – Kevin Phillips,[13] Henry,[14] Ronaldo and Luis Suárez – went on to win the European Golden Shoe in the same season.[15][16] 11 players have won the Premier League trophy with their respective clubs in the same year they received the award, with Ronaldo and Vidić each accomplishing the feat on two occasions with Manchester United.[1][17] Ronaldo is the only player to be named Player of the Season and win the FIFA World Player of the Year; when he accomplished this in 2008, he became the first player from the Premier League to voted the world's top footballer.[18]

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WinnersEdit

 
Alan Shearer won the inaugural Premier League Player of the Season in 1995.
 
Peter Schmeichel, the 1996 winner, is the only goalkeeper to win the award.
 
Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2007 and 2008 recipient, won his latter award alongside the FIFA World Player of the Year.
 
Luis Suárez, the 2014 recipient of the award, is one of four different players to win the European Golden Shoe alongside the Player of the Season award.
Key
Player (X) Name of the player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
  Indicates player also won the European Golden Shoe in the same season
  Indicates player also won the European Golden Shoe and FIFA World Player of the Year in the same season
§ Denotes the club were Premier League champions in the same season
Premier League Player of the Season winners
Season Player Position[A] Nationality Club Ref(s)
1994–95 Alan Shearer Forward   England Blackburn Rovers§ [19]
1995–96 Peter Schmeichel Goalkeeper   Denmark Manchester United§ [20]
1996–97 Juninho Midfielder   Brazil Middlesbrough [21]
1997–98 Michael Owen Forward   England Liverpool [22]
1998–99 Dwight Yorke Forward   Trinidad and Tobago Manchester United§ [23]
1999–2000 Kevin Phillips  Forward   England Sunderland [24]
2000–01 Patrick Vieira Midfielder   France Arsenal [25]
2001–02 Freddie Ljungberg Midfielder   Sweden Arsenal§ [26]
2002–03 Ruud van Nistelrooy Forward   Netherlands Manchester United§ [27][28]
2003–04 Thierry Henry  Forward   France Arsenal§ [29][30]
2004–05 Frank Lampard Midfielder   England Chelsea§ [31][32]
2005–06 Thierry Henry (2) Forward   France Arsenal [33][34]
2006–07 Cristiano Ronaldo Forward   Portugal Manchester United§ [1]
2007–08 Cristiano Ronaldo  (2) Forward   Portugal Manchester United§ [1][18]
2008–09 Nemanja Vidić Defender   Serbia Manchester United§ [35]
2009–10 Wayne Rooney Forward   England Manchester United [36]
2010–11 Nemanja Vidić (2) Defender   Serbia Manchester United§ [37]
2011–12 Vincent Kompany Defender   Belgium Manchester City§ [38]
2012–13 Gareth Bale Midfielder   Wales Tottenham Hotspur [39]
2013–14 Luis Suárez  Forward   Uruguay Liverpool [40]
2014–15 Eden Hazard Midfielder   Belgium Chelsea§ [5]
2015–16 Jamie Vardy Forward   England Leicester City§ [41]
2016–17 N'Golo Kanté Midfielder   France Chelsea§ [42]
2017–18 Mohamed Salah Forward   Egypt Liverpool [43]
2018–19 Virgil van Dijk Defender   Netherlands Liverpool [44]

Awards won by nationalityEdit

Country Wins
  England 6
  France 4
  Belgium 2
  Netherlands 2
  Portugal 2
  Serbia 2
  Denmark 1
  Brazil 1
  Trinidad and Tobago 1
  Sweden 1
  Wales 1
  Uruguay 1
  Egypt 1

Awards won by positionEdit

Position Wins
Forward 13
Midfielder 7
Defender 4
Goalkeeper 1

Awards won by clubEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Premier League general reference below links to the database search of all footballers who have played in the league, where the profiles of each winner can be found and their position verified.

ReferencesEdit

General

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  • "Players Index — A–Z search". Premier League. Retrieved 30 June 2014.

Specific

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  40. ^ "Luis Suarez & Tony Pulis win Barclays Premier League awards". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  41. ^ Nelson, Dan (17 May 2016). "Vardy wins Barclays Player of the Season award". Premier League. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  42. ^ "Kante named EA SPORTS Player of the Season". Premier League. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  43. ^ "Salah wins EA SPORTS Player of the Season award". Premier League. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  44. ^ "Van Dijk named EA SPORTS Player of the Season". Premier League. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.