FWA Footballer of the Year

Posted May 4, 2011
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  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
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    Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH (born 5 February 1985), known as Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal.


  2. Steven Gerrard
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    Steven Gerrard

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    Steven George Gerrard, MBE (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional footballer who plays for American club LA Galaxy. He spent the majority of his career playing for Premier League club Liverpool, with most of that time as their captain. He has played much of his career as a central midfielder, but has also been used as a second striker, holding midfielder, attacking midfielder, right back and right winger.


  3. Frank Lampard
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    Frank Lampard

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    Frank James Lampard OBE (born 20 June 1978) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for New York City FC. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea, where he played for 13 years, and is considered by a number of journalists and football experts to be one of the best midfielders of his generation, in addition to being widely regarded as Chelsea's greatest ever player by fans, spectators and players, such as previous record goal-scorer Bobby Tambling and long-term teammate John Terry.


  4. Robin van Persie
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    Robin van Persie

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    Robin van Persie (born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a striker for Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe and the Netherlands national team. He is recognised as one of the best strikers of his generation.


  5. Thierry Henry
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    Thierry Henry

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    Thierry Daniel Henry (born 17 August 1977) is a retired French professional footballer, who played as a forward. He played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent eight years at Arsenal where he is the club's all-time record goalscorer. At international level he represented France and is his country's record goalscorer.


  6. George Best
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    George Best

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    George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. He has been described by the Irish Football Association as the "greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland".


  7. Alex Best
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    Alex Best

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    George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. He is described by the Irish Football Association as the "greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland".


  8. Teddy Sheringham
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    Teddy Sheringham

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    Edward Paul "Teddy" Sheringham MBE (born 2 April 1966) is an English football manager and former player who is currently the manager of Stevenage.


  9. Eden Hazard
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    Eden Hazard

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    Eden Michael Hazard (born 7 January 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Chelsea and the Belgium national team. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger. Hazard's creativity, speed, and technical ability are widely acknowledged. He has been described as "a superb passer" and has earned critical acclaim for his playing style, which has led to the media, coaches, and players drawing comparisons to FIFA Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Hazard is often ranked by coaches, colleagues, and commentators as one of the best players in the world.


  10. Dennis Bergkamp
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    Dennis Bergkamp

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    Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (born 10 May 1969) is a Dutch former professional footballer, who is the assistant manager to Frank de Boer at Ajax. Originally a wide midfielder, Bergkamp was moved to main striker and then to second striker, where he remained throughout his playing career. Bergkamp has been described by Jan Mulder as having "the finest technique" of any Dutch international and a "dream for a striker" by teammate Thierry Henry.


  11. Alan Shearer
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    Alan Shearer

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    Alan Shearer OBE, DL (/ˈʃɪərər/; born 13 August 1970) is an English retired footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and for the England national team. He was widely regarded as one of the world's best strikers, being both Newcastle's and the Premier League's record goalscorer. Since retiring as a player in 2006, Shearer has worked as a television pundit for the BBC. In 2009, he briefly left his BBC role to become Newcastle United's manager in the last eight games of their 2008–09 season, in an unsuccessful attempt to save them from relegation.


  12. Gareth Bale
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    Gareth Bale

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    Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.


  13. David Ginola
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    David Ginola

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    David Désiré Marc Ginola (born 25 January 1967) is a French former international football player who has also worked as an actor and model.


  14. Robert Pires
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    Robert Pires

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    Robert Emmanuel Pirès (born 29 October 1973) is a French footballer who is currently a free agent.


  15. Roy Keane
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    Roy Keane

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    Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional football player. He is the joint most successful Irish footballer of all time, having won 19 major trophies, 17 of which came at Manchester United, in his club career. He is currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team.


  16. Gary Lineker
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    Gary Lineker

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    Gary Winston Lineker, OBE (born 30 November 1960) is an English former footballer and current sports broadcaster. He holds England's record for goals in FIFA World Cup finals, with 10 scored. Lineker's media career began with the BBC, where he has presented the flagship programme Match of the Day since the late 1990s. He has also worked for Al Jazeera Sports, Eredivisie Live, NBC Sports Network and currently hosts BT Sport's coverage of the UEFA Champions League.


  17. Eric Cantona
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    Eric Cantona

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    Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and former international footballer for the French national team. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United before ending his career at Manchester United where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles.


  18. Luis Alberto Suárez
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    Luis Alberto Suárez

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    Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (born 24 January 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguay national team as a striker.


  19. Jürgen Klinsmann
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    Jürgen Klinsmann

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    Jürgen Klinsmann (born 30 July 1964) is a German football manager and former player who is currently the head coach of the United States men's national soccer team. As a player, Klinsmann played for several prominent clubs in Europe and was part of the West German team that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the unified German team that won the 1996 UEFA European Championship. One of Germany's premier strikers during the 1990s, he scored in all six major international tournaments he participated in, from Euro 1988 to 1998 World Cup. In 1995 he came in third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award; in 2004 he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the "125 Greatest Living Footballers".


  20. Kevin Keegan
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    Kevin Keegan

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    Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951) is an English former football player and manager. He played for several clubs including Liverpool and Hamburger SV. He went on to manage Newcastle United, Fulham and Manchester City, winning promotion as champions in his first full season at all three clubs. He also managed the England national team.


  21. Bobby Charlton
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    Bobby Charlton

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    Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton CBE (born 11 October 1937) is an English former football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the World Cup in 1966, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts and passing abilities from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot. He was also well known for his fitness and stamina. He was cautioned only twice in his career; once against Argentina in the 1966 World Cup, and once in a league match against Chelsea. His elder brother Jack, who was also in the World Cup-winning team, is a former defender for Leeds United and international manager.


  22. Bobby Moore
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    Bobby Moore

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    Robert Frederick Chelsea "Bobby" Moore OBE (12 April 1941 – 24 February 1993) was an English professional footballer. He captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time, and was cited by Pelé as the greatest defender that he had ever played against. Moore is a member of the World Team of the 20th Century.


  23. Nat Lofthouse
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    Nat Lofthouse

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    Nathaniel "Nat" Lofthouse, OBE (27 August 1925 – 15 January 2011) was an English professional footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers for his whole career. He was capped 33 times for the England national football team between 1950 and 1958, scoring 30 goals and giving himself one of the greatest goals-per-game ratios of any player to represent England at the highest level.


  24. Scott Parker (footballer)
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    Scott Parker (footballer)

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    Scott Matthew Parker (born 13 October 1980) is an English professional footballer who plays for Fulham as a midfielder. He is known as a tough tackling central midfielder.


  25. John Barnes
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    John Barnes

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    John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE (born 7 November 1963) is an English former footballer, rapper and manager of Jamaican and Trinidadian origin, who currently works as a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport. A fast, skilful left wing player, Barnes had successful periods at Watford and Liverpool in the 1980s and 1990s, and played for the England national team on 79 occasions. In 2006, in a poll of Liverpool fans' favourite players, Barnes came fifth; a year later FourFourTwo magazine named him Liverpool's best player of all time.


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