The Premier League Player of the Season is an annual football award presented to players. It recognises the most outstanding player in the Premier League each season. The award is chosen by a panel assembled by the league’s sponsors consisting of members of “football’s governing bodies, the media, and fans”. It is announced in the second or third week of May. For sponsorship purposes, from 1994 to 2001 it was called the Carling Player of the Year while from 2001 to 2004 as the Barclaycard Player of the Year, and from 2004 to 2016 as the Barclays Player of the Season. Since the 2016–17 season, it is called the EA Sports Player of the Season. So, let’s see which players have won the Most Premier League Player of the Season award.
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Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidić, and Kevin De Bruyne have been Player of the Season on two occasions each and are the only players to have won the award more than once. Ronaldo has achieved this in consecutive years (2007 and 2008). 11 players have 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. 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 be voted the world’s top footballer.
Most Premier League Player of the Season Winners
Thierry Henry | 2003-04 | 2005-06
Arsenal won their third Premier League title. The 2003/04 Premier League season went down in history as a landmark one for Arsenal, who went the entire league campaign undefeated, with 26 wins and 12 draws, as they won the title by an 11-point margin. Thierry Henry was exceptional & one of the most influential players for the team. He scored 30 goals and provided 6 assists after 37 appearances. He won the Golden Boot & awarded the prestigious Premier League Player of the Season.
Henry won his third consecutive Golden Boot in the Premier League (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06). He scored 27 goals and provided 8 assists after 32 appearances. Arsenal finished 4th in the league. He won his second Player of the Season award in the Premier League.
Cristiano Ronaldo | 2006-07 | 2007-08
Manchester United enjoyed a much more successful season (2006-07) than the previous three seasons, winning the Premier League by a six-point margin over Chelsea. Inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, Manchester United held off defending champions Chelsea to be crowned Premier League winners for the ninth time. Ronaldo scored 17 goals and provided 8 assists in that season. He won the Premier League Player of the Season award for the first time in.
He won the award for the second consecutive time. When he accomplished this in 2008, he became the first player from the Premier League to be voted the world’s top footballer. Ronaldo also won the Premier League Golden Boot for the first time after scoring 31 goals in 34 games. The 2007–08 season was Manchester United’s 16th season in the Premier League, and their 33rd consecutive season in the top division of English football. Despite a slow start in the league, they won their 10th Premier League title.
Nemanja Vidic | 2008-09 | 2010-11
The 2008–09 season was Manchester United’s 17th season in the Premier League, and their 34th consecutive season in the top division of English football. They won their third consecutive Premier League title for the second time to equal Liverpool’s record of 18 league titles. Nemanja Vidic won the Player of the Season award for a brilliant season in the Premier League.
- Clean sheets: 23
- Tackles: 62
- Tackle success %: 73%
- Last man tackles: 4
- Blocked shots: 6
- Clearances: 360
- Headed Clearance: 123
- Recoveries: 170
- Duels won: 226
- Aerial battles won: 128
- Appearances: 34
- Wins: 26
- Losses: 3
- Goals: 4
- Passes: 1,676
- Passes per match: 49.29
- Accurate long balls: 151
United were officially crowned champions of English football for a record-breaking 19th time in the 2010-11 season. Vidic won his second Player of the Season Award after another exceptional season under Sir Alex Ferguson.
- Clean sheets: 13
- Tackles: 74
- Tackle success %: 77%
- Last man tackles: 7
- Blocked shots: 4
- Interceptions: 91
- Clearances: 334
- Headed Clearance: 104
- Clearances off-line: 2
- Recoveries: 179
- Duels won:212
- Successful 50/50s: 1
- Aerial battles won: 102
- Appearances: 35
- Wins: 21
- Losses: 3
- Goals: 5
- Assists: 1
- Passes per match46.71
- Big Chances Created1
- Accurate long balls158
Kevin De Bruyne | 2019-20 | 2021-22
Kevin De Bruyne equalled Henry’s record of 20 assists in the 2019-20 season with Manchester City in the Premier League. They lost the league to Liverpool by a huge margin but De Bruyne managed to establish himself as one of the best players in Manchester City History. He also scored 13 goals that season and completed the 33 G+A contributions in the league. He won the Premier League Player of the Season Award for the first time that season.
Manchester City won the Premier League title for the 6th time in the 2021-22 season. It was also their 5th title in 6 years under Pep Guardiola. Kevin De Bruyne has been the most important player in Pep’s system since his joining the club. He stepped up once again in that season. De Bruyne scored 15 goals & provided 8 assists after 30 appearances. He also joined the club of players who have won the Premier League Player of the Season more than once.
Premier League Player of the Season winners
|1994–95||Alan Shearer||Forward||England||Blackburn Rovers|
|1995-96||Peter Schmeichel||Goalkeeper||Denmark||Manchester United|
|1998-99||Dwight Yorke||Forward||Trinidad and Tobago||Manchester United|
|2002-03||Ruud van Nisterlooy||Forward||Netherlands||Manchester United|
|2005-06||Thierry Henry (2)||Forward||France||Arsenal|
|2006-07||Cristiano Ronaldo||Forward||Portugal||Manchester United|
|2007-08||Cristiano Ronaldo (2)||Forward||Portugal||Manchester United|
|2008-09||Nemanja Vidić||Defender||Serbia||Manchester United|
|2009-10||Wayne Rooney||Forward||England||Manchester United|
|2010-11||Nemanja Vidić (2)||Defender||Serbia||Manchester United|
|2011-12||Vincent Kompany||Defender||Belgium||Manchester City|
|2012-13||Gareth Bale||Midfielder||Wales||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2015-16||Jamie Vardy||Forward||England||Leicester City|
|2018-19||Virgil van Dijk||Defender||Netherlands||Liverpool|
|2019-20||Kevin De Bruyne||Midfielder||Belgium||Manchester City|
|2020-21||Rúben Dias||Defender||Portugal||Manchester City|
|2021-22||Kevin De Bruyne (2)||Midfielder||Belgium||Manchester City|