Tottenham ace lands top award

Gareth Bale, Tottenham HotspurTottenham winger Gareth Bale has been voted the Football Writers’ Association 2013 Footballer of the Year.

Bale just got home ahead of last year’s winner Robin van Persie and Chelsea’s Juan Mata who was third, and will receive the prestigious FWA accolade at a dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 9.

The Wales international has netted 24 goals in all competitions so far this season and has helped take Andre Villas-Boas’ men into the quarter-finals of the Europa League and kept them in the race to secure a return to the Champions League, via a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.

This is the latest in a long line of awards for Bale, after the flying winger also won the PFA Player of the Season and PFA Young Player of the Season last month.

Spurs will have to fight off interested parties for Bale in the summer, including Real Madrid and will be desperate to make the Champions League in order to convince him to stay.

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