LONDON (AFP) – Real Madrid star Gareth Bale set a new record after being voted Welsh footballer of the year for the fourth time on Monday.
Former Manchester United striker Mark Hughes and ex-Arsenal forward John Hartson had individually received the Football Association of Wales (FAW) award on three occasions, but Bale is the first to take the crown four times.
The 25-year-old forward retained the trophy at the FAW awards dinner at Cardiff’s St David’s Hotel and has now won it four times over the past five years.
Bale’s incredible year saw him win the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa del Rey for Real, while his performances for Wales have also caught the eye.
The former Tottenham player scored both goals in Wales’ opening Euro 2016 qualifier last month, a 2-1 win in Andorra, and has now scored 10 times in his last 11 internationals.
Bale also picked up the fans’ player of the year trophy for the fourth year in succession.