Monday 28 April 2014
Luis Suarez expressed his gratitude to his Liverpool team-mates and coaching staff in accepting the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year Award last night in London.
The 27-year-old Liverpool striker, who is the Barclays Premier League’s top scorer this season with 30 goals, became the first non-European to win the award, which is voted on by his playing peers, finishing ahead of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Yaya Touré, of Manchester City.
“It’s a massive prize for my career,” Suarez said after collecting his award at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in London. “Everyone knows why. Ninety-five per cent of this is because of my team, the staff, because they do a great job.”
"The Premier League is full of really great players and so it is a great honour when these players recognize your work on the pitch. I always try my best for the team and it is nice to get awards but really this is for my teammates and the staff at Liverpool because without their help I wouldn't have this prize."
There was consolation for Hazard missing out on the main award by being named the Young Player of the Year ahead of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Luke Shaw, of Southampton.
Suarez was named alongside strike partner Sturridge and his captain Steven Gerrard in the PFA's Barclays Premier League team of the year.
Petr Cech (Chelsea), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).