Date:Monday April 28 2008
After a fantastic season Cristiano Ronaldo has rightly been voted PFA Player of the Year, with Cesc Fabregas picking up the Young Player award. David James might have been beaten to the main PFA award - there was only ever going to be one winner though - but he does make the PFA Team of the Year.
You cannot deny that Ronaldo deserved to win this award again but upon receiving his award he said that he believed he deserved to win it: '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!'
He did praise his teammates as well - as you would expect and he is a truly great footballer, but did he really need to say that? Praising teammates and accepting the award graciously with thanks is surely the way to go, not saying 'I think I deserve to win'... maybe it was tongue in cheek?
Arsenal have had a wonderful season and for the entertainment they have provided and the football offered they deserved something for their efforts - it will be little consolation but Fabregas picking up the PFA Young Player award and them having 4 players in the PFA team is some recognition for their achievements this season when many wrote them off, thinking they might not even make the top 4!
James missed the Blackburn defeat yesterday with a calf injury, but 'should' be fit for the cup final has admitted looked a bit shaky in the couple of games prior to that but he has had a fantastic season - as he did last year - so is rightly named as the PFA keeper of the Year. Congratulations to him, thoroughly deserved.
Some people believe that James is 'overrated', not an opinion I share at all to be honest as he is only starting to enjoy the kind of credit and praise that his form of the past 2-3 years or so has deserved - and I count his form with Citeh before we signed him as well.
If you ask me there is only one other keeper that could have rivalled James for this spot this season and that is another 'veteran' in Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel.
This is the PFA Team of the Year in full:
David James (Portsmouth)
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd)
Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd)
Gael Clichy (Arsenal)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd)
Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal)
Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday April 28 2008
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