Ronaldo up for PFA Players’ Player of the Year
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named on the six-man shortlist for the 2021/22 PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, after an impressive season in which he scored 18 goals in the Premier League.
The prize is voted for by fellow players and, in his first season back in England, Ronaldo has been nominated for the accolade again after winning it following the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons.
Ronaldo is already in esteemed company, with Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona among a select group of former Reds winners.
And if he is successful this year, Ronaldo will become the first-ever three-time recipient.
Ronaldo’s 18 goals in the top flight ensured he finished third in the goalscoring table, with only Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min - who shared the Golden Boot award - outscoring our no.7.
The 37-year-old’s season has been littered with crucial goals and match-winning performances, with his two hat-tricks against Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City particularly standing out.
In recognition of his performances, Ronaldo has been named the Premier League Player of the Month twice this season - more than any other player.
Our striker scored three goals in as many games to claim the award in September, while netting five times in four appearances on his way to reclaiming it in April.
Five players have been named alongside our no.7 on the shortlist.
Former winners Salah, Virgil van Dijk and holder Kevin De Bruyne are in with a chance of winning, as are Sadio Mane and Harry Kane.
In addition to Ronaldo’s nomination, United Women midfielder Ella Toone is on the shortlist for the PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year award.
All prize winners will be announced when the awards evening takes place at 19:00 BST on Thursday 9 June. The ceremony will be broadcast on the PFA’s social channels.