Kevin de Bruyne Voted PFA Players’ Player Of The Year

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (29) has won the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) men’s Players’ Player of the Year award.

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, 21, won the men’s Young Player of the Year award.

Jordan Henderson was among five Liverpool players to be named in the Premier League team of the season.

And Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford won a PFA merit award for his work combating child food poverty.

De Bruyne becomes the first Manchester City player to win the award since its inception at the end of the 1973-74 season. He said:

This is a big honour. To be voted by your colleagues, competitors from other teams who you always play against on the field. That they vote for you for best player; it’s amazing.

It’s maybe strange that I’m the first one at City, seeing all the good players who played there before and who are still playing. But it’s nice to represent the club.

De Bruyne contributed a record-equalling 20 assists and scored 13 goals as Manchester City finished a massive 18 points behind champions Liverpool last term.

Reds pair Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah were the past two winners and went on to lift the trophy last season, having come close in previous years.

Alexander-Arnold won the men’s young player of the year award, ahead of Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.

Premier League team of the year: Nick Pope (Burnley), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk (both Liverpool), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), David Silva (Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Sadio Mane (Liverpool).

More: BBC Sport

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