The Portuguese defender makes it an awards double after scooping the Football Writers’ Association prize last month
Manchester City defender Ruben Dias has been named the Premier League Player of the Season.
Last month, the Portugal international won the Football Writers’ Association men’s Player of the Year. His second individual award follows his honor as the club’s Player of the Month.
He was voted the winner after combining the votes of 20 club captains with expert opinions, edging out Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Mason Mount, Mohamed Salah, and Tomas Soucek.
DIAS PERCEIVED FOR THEIR AMAZING DEBUT SEASON
Dias is broadly acknowledged for giving City a protective strength that was missing during the 2019-20 season when they surrendered their Premier League title to Liverpool.
The 24-year-old won 23 of the 32 Premier League matches he played, keeping 15 clean sheets, as Pep Guardiola’s side completed 12 focuses clear at the top to guarantee the title for the third time in four seasons.
He additionally helped the club win the Carabao Cup for the fourth progressive year and arrive at their first Champions League last, where they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in Porto.
EMULATING RONALDO’S FOOTSTEPS
Dias is just the fourth safeguard to win the prize, after Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic, previous City skipper Vincent Kompany, and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. He is likewise the second Portuguese victor after Cristiano Ronaldo, who won it with Manchester United in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
It is the second year straight a Manchester City player has won the honor after Belgian colleague De Bruyne.
Dias has additionally been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Team of the Year close by five of his City partners. He is additionally among the chosen people for the PFA Players’ Player of the Season grant, which is declared on Sunday.