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

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 successful 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 Girls ahead Lauren Hemp, who was additionally within the operating for the ladies’s principal 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 principal 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 signifies that I’ve accomplished rather well,” he mentioned.

“You need to win all of the trophies with the group and that is in all probability an important 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 so much.

“They’re the folks in my opinion who know probably the most concerning the sport. When you may have these items you may present your children and say, ‘Look! That is what daddy did when he was youthful'”.

Phil Foden has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year
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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 previously which have received it, and I really feel actually fortunate as a result of there was so many nice younger abilities this 12 months.

“I would wish to thank my mother and father, 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 identify to an illustrious checklist of two-time PFA principal 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 Girls’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 Girls’s Champions League.

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

“Hopefully, I will come again into the identical type of place I got here into final 12 months. I’ve been taking part in like I really like the sport once more and once I get pleasure from it, that is if you get the very best out of me.”

In the meantime, Hemp set her personal file by turning into the primary lady 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 probably the greatest accolades I can win – it is an actual honour,” she mentioned.

“I am pleased with our group and hopefully subsequent season we are able to 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 Benefit Award for his excellent contribution to soccer and his unwavering dedication to enhancing the lives of footballers.

Sir Alex Ferguson introduced the award to Taylor, saying: “It is my nice pleasure to current Gordon this stunning trophy for implausible service. I want 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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