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The 23-year-old forward joins Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only men to lift the award twice in his career after his success in 2010/11

Tottenham goal machine Gareth Bale has won the second PFA Player of the Year award of his career.

The 23-year-old Welshman adds this award to the one he received in 2011/12 and becomes just the fourth player to win the gong twice, joining Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo as two-time winners.

Bale, who has been absolutely explosive in front of goal thanks to a freer role under Andre Villas-Boas, has netted 22 times this season in all competitions for the London club.

The competition for this award was fierce with Bale having to overcome Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, Manchester United’s Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick and Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Eden Hazard to collect the peer-voted award.