Monday 05 May 2014
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been rewarded for his superb campaign after being named as the Football Writers' Association’s (FWA) Footballer of the Year for 2014.
The 27-year-old came out on top in the poll of football journalists with 52% of the vote, with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in second and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure in third.
Suarez has been in sensational form for Liverpool this season, scoring 30 Barclays Premier League goals so far to spearhead the club's challenge for the League title. Liverpool still have two matches of the season to play, against Crystal Palace on Monday night and Newcastle United on 11 May.
"Those members who have been fortunate enough to be working at a match involving Luis Suarez have witnessed an astonishing talent first-hand," said FWA chairman and Sunday Mirror columnist Andy Dunn.
"Tireless endeavour allied to extraordinary imagination makes an irresistible combination. Add ingenious, impudent finishing and you have a footballer who truly quickens the pulse. Luis is a remarkable gifted addition to the long and distinguished list of winners of our award."
Suarez, who also won the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year Award last weekend, will collect his FWA honour at the Footballer of the Year dinner in London on 15 May.
(Players in bold also won the PFA Player of the Year Award)
|FWA Player of the Year|
|1995/96||Eric Cantona||Manchester United
|1998/99||David Ginola||Tottenham Hotspur
|1999/00||Roy Keane||Manchester United|
|2000/01||Teddy Sheringham||Manchester United|
|2006/07||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United|
|2007/08||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United|
|2009/10||Wayne Rooney||Manchester United|
||West Ham United
|2011/12||Robin van Persie||Arsenal|
|2012/13||Gareth Bale||Tottenham Hotspur|