N’Golo Kante has won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award for 2016-17.
The 26-year-old Chelsea midfielder beat fellow teammate Eden Hazard to the crown. He was also ahead of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez in the vote. The vote is made by his fellow players.
Tottenham’s Dele Alli won the young player prize for the second successive year. Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze won the Women’s Player of the Year award.
Winning Women’s Young Player of the Year was Birmingham’s Jess Carter.
“It’s a huge honour to be chosen by the other players. It’s the biggest honour to get this award”, Kante said.
The midfielder is on course to win the Premier League with Chelsea, having done so last season at Leicester. He added: “My first two seasons were very beautiful. Last season was very beautiful. This season so far, we have had a good season but we have to finish well”.
Ex-England captain David Beckham received the PFA’s Merit award for his contribution to the game.
The ceremony was held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on 23 April 2017.
Former England women’s captain Kelly Smith was awarded the PFA Special Achievement reward. Smith became England’s first female professional footballer when she joined American side New Jersey in 1999.
Commentators have cited that Kante was key to Leicester’s surprise Premier League win in 2016.
He could become the first player to achieve the distinction of winning successive titles with different clubs if Chelsea win the title this year.
Since signing Kante in July, Chelsea have excelled at the top of the Premier League table. The Blues now have six games to play.
TNT would like to congratulate Kante on his impressive season and well-deserved award.