– Gareth Bale
It means a lot to win this award when you consider the number of players that have been outstanding for their clubs in the Barclays Premier League this season.
I've been very fortunate to be playing in such a fantastic team and I owe a lot to my team-mates and, obviously, the manager who has shown such faith in me.
This award has been won in the past by some of the greatest names in football and I consider it a privilege that the FWA have selected me to be named alongside them.
Gareth Bale has been named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
The Wales international, 23, topped the poll of journalists with a narrow victory over Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who was last year's recipient when at Arsenal.
Last week, the Cardiff-born winger was named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale, who won the English Professional Footballers' Association player of the year and young player of the year awards last night, has tweeted:
I'm very proud to have won two PFA awards and make the team of the year... http://t.co/8Efv4GdtlZ
When it's your fellow pros who vote for the awards, it makes them feel that extra bit more special. Thanks for all the kind tweets!
Gareth Bale is considered one of the most talented left-wingers in the world. His specialism in free kicks, speed and offensive style of play have earned him acclaim.
- Age 23
- Began professional career playing left-back at Southampton
- Joined Tottenham Hotspur in May 2007 for a fee of £7.5m
- Ability at taking free kicks compared with that of Cristiano Ronaldo
- Despite being eligible to play for England he has chosen to play for Wales so far
- Previously won PFA Player of the Year in 2011
Gareth Bale has become only the third person to be named the PFA player of the year and young player of the year in the same season.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Gray won both awards in the same year in 2007 and 1997 respectively.
The winger joins Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Mark Hughes in earning the main award twice.
Gareth Bale has been named this year's player of the year by the English Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder also became only the third person to win the title in the same season as winning young player of the year.
The 23-year-old Wales international, who also won the main award in 2011, has scored 19 Premier League goals this season - a tally bettered only by Manchester United striker Robin van Persie with 25 and controversial Liverpool forward Luis Suarez with 23.