Bale bags PFA double award
Gareth Bale has been voted as the Professional Footballers' Association's Player and Young Player of the Year of the year awards
The Tottenham and Wales midfielder rounded off a remarkable season by becoming
the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo to do the double at the prestigious ceremony.
Bale beat off competition from Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Luis Suarez for the top senior prize voted by his peers.
The 23-year-old has scored 19 goals in 29 games for Spurs and also had four assists and created 68 chances in a stellar season.
Bale said: "It's a massive honour. To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game. It's great to win it and I am delighted.
"When you look at the list, there are some massive names on it but I couldn't have done it without the team. They have been fantastic this year and so has the manager. "
The Welshman also took home the Young Player of the Year award, making him only
the third player in history after Ronaldo in 2007, while at Manchester United, and Aston Villa's Andy Gray, 30 years earlier, to receive both prizes in the same season.
Bale also won the senior award two seasons ago when he shot to fame with a series of scintillating displays domestically and in the Champions League.
The official vote in the Young Player category saw Villa's Christian Benteke finish in second, Eden Hazard in third with Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere the other nominations.
PFA chief Gordon Taylor thinks Bale is a good role model to the youth of today.
He said: "Everyone knows Suarez is a great footballer, I just wish at times he could fall in to line because footballers are role models and Gareth and Robin van Persie are really good examples for the younger generation."
Arsenal Ladies midfielder Kim Little, meanwhile, won the inaugural PFA's Women's Player of the Year award and the Scot said: "It is a great night for me. For various years I have watched this event on television so to come here and win the first award is fantastic."