Bale becomes only the third player to win the two awards in the same season, following in the footsteps of Andy Gray and Cristiano Ronaldo, and is one of only five players to win the PFA Player of the Year award twice, after he first picked up to accolade in the 2010-2011 season.

Welshman Bale, who has had a stunning season for Spurs, scoring 19 goals in the Premier League and 24 in all competitions, beat off competition for the PFA Player Of The Year gong from Manchester United’s Robin van Persie and Liverpool’s Louis Suarez.

“It’s great to win it and I am delighted,” Bale said of his double success.

“When you look at the list there are some massive names on it and the other nominees have been unbelievable this year. But I couldn’t have done it without the team.”

Bale came through the Academy at south—coast club Southampton, before moving to north London club Tottenham Hotspur in 2007.

“Gareth has had a tremendous season,” PFA chairman Gordon Taylor said of the 24-year old’s campaign.

“He has had the same impact on Welsh football as Ryan Giggs did,” Taylor added. “He is part of the Southampton success story.”

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