Spurs starlet becomes only fourth Welsh winner and beats Samir Nasri, who finished second, and Carlos Tevez, who picked up third place, to win the prestigious award
The former Southampton youngster shot to fame during the 2010-11 campaign as he helped Spurs to the Champions League quarter-finals, putting Inter to the sword in the group stages by making two of Spurs' three goals in the home tie and netting a hat-trick during a 4-3 defeat in the San Siro.
|Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
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Bale was also nominated for the Young Player of the Year award picked up by Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere but admitted to being ecstatic to join a star-studded list of players to previously pick up the honour.
"I am more than delighted really,'' said Bale. "It is a massive award and it is a great honour to receive, especially from other fellow professionals.
"It is a honour really when you look at the names that have won it before and it just makes you go 'wow' really.
"There haven't been too many Welshman to have won the trophy but it is great and it is great for me personally.
"And it is not just for me, it is for all my team-mates that have helped me through the season and it is kind of for everyone really."
Early on in his Tottenham career, Bale attracted headlines as his side endured a torrid run of form whenever he was selected but after a strong finish to the 2009-10 campaign, his fortunes have sky rocketed this term. A change in fortune he attributes to a number of factors.
"I think it is due to a bit of everything really," he added.
"At the beginning I wasn't really playing much and I always believed in myself that if I did get a run in the team - which I eventually did - that I would be able to prove what I can do.
"That did happen and I kind of never really looked back from there.
"Playing in a good team with good players definitely helped me a lot and all the boys have been fantastic, the manager has been fantastic, giving me my chance, and it is something I want to improve on."