Cristiano Ronaldo been voted footballer of the year by English Football Writers’ Association, completing a double after receiving the PFA award last week.
It is the second season in succession that the 23-year-old Portugal winger has received both of English football’s individual awards.
Paul Hetherington, the chairman of the FWA, said: “Ronaldo’s award is no surprise given his brilliant form this season and incredible goal-scoring record.
“Our records show he is the most overwhelming winner since Billy Bremner won it in 1970. He did not exactly get 100 percent of the vote, but from the moment voting started he moved to the front and stayed there.
“To score 38 goals in a season – so far – is an astonishing feat for a player who is essentially a winger. Given his age, he has the potential and ability to dominate this award for years in an unprecedented way.”
Ronaldo beat off competition from Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James to retain the writers’ award.