PFA Awards: Kevin De Bruyne and Fran Kirby named 2021 PFA Gamers’ Participant of the 12 months winners


Manchester Metropolis midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has received the 2021 males’s PFA Gamers’ Participant of the 12 months, whereas Chelsea ahead Fran Kirby has received the ladies’s award.

De Bruyne received the award for the second consecutive season forward of Metropolis team-mates Phil Foden, Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan in addition to Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

Chelsea’s all-time main goalscorer Kirby, 27, pipped team-mates Sam Kerr and Ann-Katrin Berger to obtain the honour for the second time, after profitable in 2018.

Foden, in the meantime, received the lads’s PFA Younger Participant of the 12 months award beating fellow England internationals Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka and Mason Greenwood to the prize.

Man Metropolis Ladies ahead Lauren Hemp, who was additionally within the working for the ladies’s predominant award together with team-mates Chloe Kelly and Sam Mewis, received the ladies’s PFA Younger Participant of the 12 months for the third time in her profession, including to her wins within the 2019/20 season and 2017/18 season.

De Bruyne is simply the third participant to win the lads’s predominant award in two consecutive seasons. The feat solely beforehand achieved by five-times Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Arsenal’s all-time high goalscorer Thierry Henry.

“The truth that gamers selected me for this award implies that I’ve completed very well,” he stated.

“You need to win all of the trophies with the workforce and that is most likely a very powerful one as a person within the league. To be voted be your rivals, by gamers who you compete with in each sport – for them to decide on you says loads.

“They’re the individuals in my opinion who know essentially the most in regards to the sport. When you could have this stuff you may present your children and say, ‘Look! That is what daddy did when he was youthful'”.

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Phil Foden has been named the PFA Younger Participant of the 12 months

Double nominee Foden, who received his first PFA award, devoted his win to his Metropolis team-mates for permitting him the chance to shine throughout a breakthrough season.

“I am actually honoured. There have been some nice gamers prior to now which have received it, and I really feel actually fortunate as a result of there was so many nice younger skills this 12 months.

“I would prefer to thank my dad and mom, the entire coaches and the gamers as effectively. With out the gamers creating possibilities for me, I would not rating and possibly I would not win awards. With out them it would not have been doable.”

Kirby added her title to an illustrious record of two-time PFA predominant award winners, together with De Bruyne, Ronaldo, Henry, Alan Shearer, Gareth Bale, Mark Hughes and Lucy Bronze.

The England worldwide, who received the Footballer Writers’ Affiliation Ladies’s Footballer of the 12 months award final week, led Chelsea’s assault as they retained their Tremendous League title and reached the ultimate of the Ladies’s Champions League.

“I believe what we have achieved has been unbelievable, so I am actually proud to be part of it,” she stated.

“Hopefully, I will come again into the identical form of place I got here into final 12 months. I’ve been enjoying like I like the sport once more and once I take pleasure in it, that is whenever you get the very best out of me.”

In the meantime, Hemp set her personal document by turning into the primary girl to win three PFA awards in the identical class.

Lauren Hemp won the women's PFA Young Player of the Year
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Lauren Hemp received the ladies’s PFA Younger Participant of the 12 months

“It feels particular, it is among the best accolades I can win – it is an actual honour,” she stated.

“I am happy with our workforce and hopefully subsequent season we will win the league and push additional within the Champions League, as a result of I am right here to win trophies.

“I’ve been lucky to have some wonderful coaches all through my journey and I hope I can carry on enhancing as a result of I do know I’m not the completed product but.”

Outgoing PFA CEO, Gordan Taylor OBE, acquired the 2021 PFA Advantage Award for his excellent contribution to soccer and his unwavering dedication to enhancing the lives of footballers.

Sir Alex Ferguson offered the award to Taylor, saying: “It is my nice pleasure to current Gordon this lovely trophy for improbable service. I wish to thank him for all the assistance he gave me in my time at United and even again in my days in Scotland when Gordon first began.”





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