Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award.
The 22-year-old Portugal international has already been named player of the year by his fellow professionals. Chelsea’s Didier Drogba was runner-up in the vote with Ronaldo’s team-mates Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes were third and fourth respectively.
“Cristiano was a runaway winner, and deservedly so,” said Paul Hetherington, chairman of the FWA.
“After the events of last summer at the World Cup, the vote of the Football Writers’ Association shows that what we are all interested in is honouring the best player in the country.
“There has been no agendas carried over from last summer.”
Ronaldo faced a backlash at the start of the season after his involvement in Wayne Rooney’s sending-off against Portugal at the World Cup.