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Thursday 02 May 2013

Bale named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year

Spurs player Bale beats Robin van Persie to award voted for by football writers

Tottenham's Gareth Bale has scored 19 Premier League goals this season

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has been voted by the Football Writers' Association (FWA) Player of the Year.

The 23-year-old topped the poll of around 400 football journalists, ahead of Manchester United forward Robin van Persie and Chelsea's Juan Mata. Bale got 53% of the journalists' votes, while Robin van Persie won 43%.

On Sunday, the Welshman won the Players' Football Association's Player of the Season award, as well as the Young Player of the Season.

Bale has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season, including 19 goals in 29 appearances in the Barclays Premier League, and is regarded as one of the most dangerous attacking threats in Europe.

Key Points

  • Gareth Bale named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year
  • Spurs winger won 53% of the vote, ahead of Robin van Persie
  • Bale was also voted as Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by the Premier League players