02/05/2013 08:05 BST | Updated 02/05/2013 08:26 BST

Gareth Bale Wins FWA Player Of The Year Award (PICTURES)


Tottenham Hotspur attacker Gareth Bale has made it a personal treble after he was named the Football Writers' Association's Player of the Year.

Bale received the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year and Young Player of Year awards on Sunday night, and now the nation's football writers have recognised his superb season with Spurs.

The Welshman scooped 53% of the votes, finishing ahead of second place Manchester United striker Robin van Persie (43%) and Chelsea's Juan Mata.

Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suárez received just two votes, while Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta, Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, Southampton striker Rickie Lambert and Aston Villa's Christian Benteke were among the others to pick up votes.

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Bale has scored 24 goals for Tottenham this campaign

Bale, 24, has scored 24 goals for the Lilywhites this season, 19 of them in the Barclays Premier League.

The former Southampton man said: "It is a huge honour to receive the Footballer of the Year award from the Football Writers' Association.

"It means a lot to win this award when you consider the number of players that have been outstanding for their clubs in the Barclays Premier League this season."

The Spurs talisman will receive the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 9.