Manchester City’s Erling Haaland has been named the 2022/23 PFA Player of the Year.
Haaland has been on fire in his first year in the Premier League, breaking his 38-game points record for the season, finding the back of the net 36 times in just 35 games.
The Norway international topped the shortlist, which also included City team-mates Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones, as well as Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard and former Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who left the Premier League for Bayern Munich.
“It is an honor to win this prestigious award,” Haaland told the club’s media. “Being recognized by your competitors is a great feeling and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me.
“It’s been an unforgettable season for the team and for me personally. Winning the Treble was something I never imagined, so to achieve it with such a special group of players was an amazing feeling.
“John, Rodri, Ruben and Kevin all deserve their place in the Team of the Year and I am delighted that their efforts have also been rewarded with this recognition.
“We made some incredible memories last season, but now we want to do the same again this year. We started the season well and we have to keep it going.”
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We are so delighted for Erling to receive this award.
“His goals tally last season was obviously incredible and that in itself marks him as a special player.
“But his influence all over the pitch continues to grow and he has so much drive to keep getting better and we’re confident he’ll get even better.”
“Erling is a world class player and a great guy in the dressing room and we are very proud of him.