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Premier League Player of the Season

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Thierry Henry (left), Cristiano Ronaldo (not pictured) and Nemanja Vidić (right) have won the most Player of the Season awards with two each.

The Premier League Player of the Season is an annual association football award presented to players in England, which recognises the most outstanding player in the Premier League each season. The recipient is chosen by a panel assembled by the league's sponsor – currently Barclays – consisting of members of "football's governing bodies, the media and fans", and is announced in the second or third week of May.[1][2] For sponsorship purposes, from 1994 to 2001 it was called the Carling Player of the Year and from 2001 to 2004, the Barclaycard Player of the Year;[3] as of 2015, it is referred to as the Barclays Player of the Season.[4][5]

The Premier League was founded in 1992, when the clubs of the First Division left The Football League and established a new commercially independent league that negotiated its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.[4] The newly formed league had no sponsor for its inaugural season until Carling agreed to a four-year £12 million deal that started the following season.[6] That same season, Carling introduced individual awards for players, such as the Golden Boot.[7] However, the Player of the Month and Player of the Season awards were only first bestowed during the 1994–95 season.[8][9] The first Player of the Season award was given to Blackburn Rovers striker Alan Shearer, who won the Premier League title with his team and the Golden Boot that season.[9][10]

Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidić have been Player of the Season on two occasions each and are the only players to have won the award more than once, with Ronaldo having achieved this in consecutive years (2007 and 2008). Eight players were the Premier League's leading goalscorer and won the Golden Boot alongside the Player of the Season award.[11][12] Four of these players – Kevin Phillips,[13] Henry,[14] Ronaldo and Luis Suárez – went on to win the European Golden Shoe in the same season.[15][16] Ten players won the Premier League trophy with their respective clubs in the same year they received the award, with Ronaldo and Vidić each accomplishing the feat on two occasions with Manchester United.[1][17] Ronaldo is the only player to be named Player of the Season and win the FIFA World Player of the Year; when he accomplished this in 2008, he became the first player from the Premier League to voted the world's top footballer.[18]

Winners

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Alan Shearer won the inaugural Premier League Player of the Season in 1995.
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Peter Schmeichel, the 1996 winner, is the only goalkeeper to win the award.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2007 and 2008 recipient, won his latter award alongside the FIFA World Player of the Year.
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Luis Suárez, the 2014 recipient of the award, is one of four different players to win the European Golden Shoe alongside the Player of the Season award.
Key
Player (X) Name of the player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
File:Dagger-14-plain.png Indicates player also won the European Golden Shoe in the same season
File:Double-dagger-14-plain.png Indicates player also won the European Golden Shoe and FIFA World Player of the Year in the same season
§ Denotes the club were Premier League champions in the same season
Premier League Player of the Season winners
Season Player Position[upper-alpha 1] Nationality Club Ref(s)
1994–95 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer Forward 23x15px England Blackburn Rovers§ [19]
1995–96 Schmeichel, PeterPeter Schmeichel Goalkeeper 23x15px Denmark Manchester United§ [20]
1996–97 Juninho Midfielder 23x15px Brazil Middlesbrough [21]
1997–98 Owen, MichaelMichael Owen Forward 23x15px England Liverpool [22]
1998–99 Yorke, DwightDwight Yorke Forward 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago Manchester United§ [23]
1999–2000 Phillips, KevinKevin PhillipsFile:Dagger-14-plain.png Forward 23x15px England Sunderland [24]
2000–01 Vieira, PatrickPatrick Vieira Midfielder 23x15px France Arsenal [25]
2001–02 Ljungberg, FreddieFreddie Ljungberg Midfielder 23x15px Sweden Arsenal§ [26]
2002–03 van Nistelrooy, RuudRuud van Nistelrooy Forward 23x15px Netherlands Manchester United§ [27][28]
2003–04 Henry, ThierryThierry HenryFile:Dagger-14-plain.png Forward 23x15px France Arsenal§ [29][30]
2004–05 Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard Midfielder 23x15px England Chelsea§ [31][32]
2005–06 Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Midfielder 23x15px England Liverpool [33][34]
2006–07 Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Midfielder 23x15px Portugal Manchester United§ [1]
2007–08 Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano RonaldoFile:Double-dagger-14-plain.png (2) Midfielder 23x15px Portugal Manchester United§ [1][18]
2008–09 Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard (2) Midfielder 23x15px England Liverpool§ [35]
2009–10 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Forward 23x15px England Manchester United [36]
2010–11 Vidić, NemanjaNemanja Vidić Defender 23x15px Serbia Manchester United§ [37]
2011–12 Kompany, VincentVincent Kompany Defender 23x15px Belgium Manchester City§ [38]
2012–13 Bale, GarethGareth Bale Midfielder 23x15px Wales Tottenham Hotspur [39]
2013–14 Suárez, LuisLuis SuárezFile:Dagger-14-plain.png Forward 23x15px Uruguay Liverpool [40]
2014–15 Hazard, EdenEden Hazard Midfielder 23x15px Belgium Chelsea§ [5]

Awards won by nationality

Country Wins
23x15px England 7
23x15px France 2
23x15px Belgium 2
23x15px Portugal 2
23x15px Serbia 1
23x15px Denmark 1
23x15px Brazil 1
23x15px Trinidad and Tobago 1
23x15px Sweden 1
23x15px Netherlands 1
23x15px Wales 1
23x15px Uruguay 1

Awards won by club

Club Wins
Manchester United 8
Arsenal 4
Liverpool 4
Chelsea 2
Blackburn Rovers 1
Middlesbrough 1
Sunderland 1
Manchester City 1
Tottenham Hotspur 1

Awards won by position

Position Wins
Goalkeeper 1
Defender 2
Midfielder 10
Forward 8

Notes

  1. The Premier League general reference below links to the database search of all footballers who have played in the league, where the profiles of each winner can be found and their position verified.

References

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