Ronaldo scoops PFA award

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been named PFA Player of the Year for the second year in succession.

Manchester United star scoops prize for second year

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named PFA Player of the Year for the second year in succession. The Manchester United midfielder has enjoyed another outstanding campaign having scored 38 goals in all competitions for the Premier League champions. The 23-year-old beat off competition from Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor and David James to land the prize. Arsenal midfielder Fabregas was named Young Player of the Year - an award which Ronaldo also won in 2007 - at a star-studded ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Ronaldo did not attend the event in person but was shown on screen accepting his trophy from United manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the club's Carrington training ground. United are currently preparing for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on Tuesday.


Ronaldo said: "I feel very happy. When you work all season to play good, to do something for the team, to do your contribution for the team and then at the end of the season the PFA give you this award, it is a great moment, it is an honour, a pleasure. "It is a great motivation to carry on like that, to work more and get better. "I feel very good but it is not just my award, my team-mates have helped me a lot this season. "They give me good passes to score goals - and I score - but it is a good moment for me.'' Ronaldo, who joined United in a £12.24million move from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, feels he has improved considerably during his time at Old Trafford. As well as scooping both PFA awards last year he came third in the FIFA World Player of the Year poll and he is looking forward to achieving even more success, individually and collectively, with United in future. The Portuguese star added: "I am sure I am better player than four or five years ago. Than last year? I have improved a little bit better still.


"This is my ambition to learn more and play better and I think I am in the right place. I want to carry on and this for me is a good moment to stay at the club and play at the best level." Ronaldo admits his own vote for the top award went to Arsenal striker Adebayor, the Togo international who has netted 27 this term. He said: "I voted for Adebayor because I think he has had a great season as well. "But you have many players who have had a good season - Torres, Fabregas, many players. But I think I deserve to win!" The voting was reversed for the young player award with Spain international Fabregas finishing ahead of Ronaldo. Torres, Micah Richards, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young had been the other nominees. "I'm very proud. It's a very prestigious trophy," said Fabregas. "Football is a collective game and you prefer to win trophies with team-mates but it's always nice to have this type of award. "I dedicate it to my team-mates because without them I would not have won."


Chelsea's push for double glory in the Premier League and Champions League was not recognised in the PFA's top flight team of the year, with no Blues players featuring. United had three representatives in Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic while Fabregas, Adebayor, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy featured for Arsenal. For the full line-up, click here


Promotion hopefuls Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion dominate the Championship team of 07/08 with three selections each, led by evergreen striker Kevin Phillips. For the full line-up click here


Champions-elect Swansea have four players in the League One side of the season including prolific striker Jason Scotland who pair up with Leeds hitman Jermaine Beckford in attack. For the full line-up click here


Given their domination of the League Two promotion race this season, it is no surprise to see MK Dons and Peterborough heavily represented in the PFA Team of the Season. For the full line-up click here

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