Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been rewarded for his superb campaign after being named as the Football Writers' Association’s (FWA) Footballer of the Year for 2014.
The 27-year-old came out on top in the poll of football journalists with 52% of the vote, with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in second and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure in third.
Suarez has been in sensational form for Liverpool this season, scoring 30 Barclays Premier League goals so far to spearhead the club's challenge for the League title. Liverpool still have two matches of the season to play, against Crystal Palace on Monday night and Newcastle United on 11 May.
"Those members who have been fortunate enough to be working at a match involving Luis Suarez have witnessed an astonishing talent first-hand," said FWA chairman and Sunday Mirror columnist Andy Dunn.
"Tireless endeavour allied to extraordinary imagination makes an irresistible combination. Add ingenious, impudent finishing and you have a footballer who truly quickens the pulse. Luis is a remarkable gifted addition to the long and distinguished list of winners of our award."
Suarez, who also won the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year Award last weekend, will collect his FWA honour at the Footballer of the Year dinner in London on 15 May.
Past FWA Players of the Year during Barclays Premier League
(Players in bold also won the PFA Player of the Year Award in that year)
FWA Player of the Year
Season Player Club
1992/93 Chris Waddle Sheffield Wednesday
1993/94 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers
1994/95 Jurgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur
1995/96 Eric Cantona Manchester United
1996/97 Gianfranco Zola Chelsea
1997/98 Dennis Bergkamp
1998/99 David Ginola
1999/00 Roy Keane
2000/01 Teddy Sheringham
2001/02 Robert Pires Arsenal
2002/03 Thierry Henry
2003/04 Thierry Henry
2004/05 Frank Lampard Chelsea
2005/06 Thierry Henry Arsenal
2006/07 Cristiano Ronaldo
2007/08 Cristiano Ronaldo
2008/09 Steven Gerrard Liverpool
2009/10 Wayne Rooney
2010/11 Scott Parker West Ham United
2011/12 Robin van Persie
2012/13 Gareth Bale
2013/14 Luis Suarez