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Where Luis Suarez Ranks Alongside the Last 10 PFA Player of the Year Winners

Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2014

Where Luis Suarez Ranks Alongside the Last 10 PFA Player of the Year Winners

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    So the worst-kept secret in football is out of the bag, and Luis Suarez has secured the PFA Player of the Year award for 2013/14.

    The Uruguayan has been staggeringly prolific as Liverpool have chased one of the more unlikely league titles of recent times, spearheading Brendan Rodgers' side with authority, maturity and a little more responsibility than we've seen from him in previous years.

    Everyone is aware of Suarez's previous problems by now, but the clue to this award lies in the name, the Player of the Year. In 2013/14 he's been sensational.

    But just how good has he been? And how does he stack up to previous winners?

    Here, we take a look at the victors over the past 10 seasons to find out.

10. Ryan Giggs 2008/09

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    Widely seen as a sentimental vote at the time, there is no doubt that a player such as Ryan Giggs deserved to win one of these awards during his stellar, one-club career, even if the timing of it was a little odd.

    Manchester United's new interim player-manager played 28 times in the Premier League in 2008/09 as he secured his 11th title by four points from Liverpool, although United lost the Champions League final to Barcelona in Rome.

9. John Terry 2004/05

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    Jose Mourinho's first season at Chelsea saw the establishment of the Blue machine that many would come to know if not necessarily love.

    The Londoners romped to the Premier League title by 12 points, and key to it all was the mature performances of defender and captain John Terry, who turned 24 over a campaign that established him as one of European football's finest centre-backs. 

8. Gareth Bale 2010/11

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    This was the campaign that made the world stand up and take notice of Gareth Bale, or at least they would have done had they been able to catch up with him.

    A stunning hat-trick against Inter Milan in the Champions League at the San Siro established the immense talent and promise of the Welshman, who started the season as simply Tottenham's misfit left-back, but he ended it as a future world star.

7. Steven Gerrard 2005/06

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    A year on from winning the Champions League in Istanbul, many see this as Steven Gerrard's finest season in a Liverpool shirt. Although this campaign has certainly come close to it.

    Often stationed on the right of midfield by Rafael Benitez, Gerrard scored 23 goals over the campaign as Liverpool remained a force both at home and in Europe, with the club captain capping his stunning season with two goals in what became known as "The Gerrard FA Cup final" against West Ham in Cardiff.

6. Wayne Rooney 2009/10

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    Wayne Rooney's best season at Manchester United? Probably.

    The England forward developed a knack for scoring headers as he notched 34 goals in all competitions over the campaign, although this was the only year that United didn't win the Premier League over a five-season period. Chelsea pipped them to the post by a point, and Rooney and Co. had to settle for just the League Cup.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo 2006/07

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    A better Cristiano Ronaldo season was to follow in the subsequent campaign, but the Portuguese shone in the 2006/07 season as arguably one of the last great entertaining Manchester United sides won the Premier League; it was Ronaldo's first and the first of two in a row.

    He scored 23 times in all competitions, but United weren't able to secure a domestic double as Chelsea beat them in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

4. Robin van Persie 2011/12

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    Finally injury-free, Robin van Persie's best season at Arsenal also turned out to be his last.

    The prolific Dutchman fired 37 goals in all competitions, and he managed to feature in all 38 Premier League games. However, the Gunners remained trophyless once again, and all that Van Persie's goals had done was attract the attention of Manchester United.

3. Gareth Bale 2012/13

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    If a star was born in 2010/11, then that star reached the peak of his powers during 2012/13.

    Bale was quite often unstoppable as he looked to be on a one-man mission to get Tottenham into the Champions League, with the Welshman scoring 21 Premier League goals and 26 overall. When that Champions League mission failed, though, a world-record bid from Real Madrid was waiting in the wings.

2. Luis Suarez 2013/14

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    A season that started with him at odds with his club could well end in glory for Luis Suarez and Liverpool, with the Uruguayan capping off a remarkable campaign with the 2013/14 PFA award.

    At one point in December, Suarez scored a scarcely believable 10 goals in four matches, strikes which added to his reputation as one of world football's hottest properties and a player all fans would love to see in their team.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo 2007/08

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    This was the campaign when Ronaldo blossomed, establishing himself as easily one of the best two players in the world and ending 2008 with the Ballon d'Or.

    He scored 31 Premier League goals and 42 overall, all of which went a long way toward Manchester United securing a league and Champions League double and earning Ronaldo a place in the English football history books.

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