Cristiano Ronaldo secures PFA award double
Sunday, 22 April 2007
in BBC Football
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year at a gala dinner in London.
The 22-year-old winger is the first player to win both awards in the same season since Andy Gray in 1977.
The Portuguese has recovered from the controversy of last year's World Cup to help United battle for three trophies.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was second and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes third in the senior award.
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs, last year's winner Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas also made ths shortlist.
Ronaldo said it was a big honour to be singled out by his peers.
He said: "It is a special night. It is amazing and a big honour for me to win trophies like this in the English Premier League. I am very proud.
"My colleagues have voted for me and that is fantastic because the players know the qualities of players.
"I want to keep working hard and getting better because these trophies have now given me more motivation.
"This great team has helped me because when the team wins it is easier for us all to play with more confidence."
Fabregas was second and Tottenham's Aaron Lennon, 20, third in the voting for the young player award.
Ronaldo's team-mate Wayne Rooney (21) was also shortlisted, as were Reading striker Kevin Doyle, 23, and 18-year-old defender Micah Richards of Manchester City.
Eight Manchester United players made it into the team of the year while manager Sir Alex Ferguson was honoured with the PFA Special Merit Award.
Ferguson paid tribute to his winger, who joined United from Sporting Lisbon
in a £12.2m deal in August 2003.
"At this moment in time, I think he is the best player in the world and his season has been incredible," he said.