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Friday, 22 April 2011 15:16

Meireles voted Fans’ Player of the Year in England

Liverpool midfielder lands prestigious award

Portugal midfielder Raul Meireles has won the prestigious PFA Fans’ Player of the Year award for 2010/11.

It may have been a far from glorious season for Premier League giants Liverpool, but Meireles has been a resounding success at Anfield.

The former FC Porto player took time to adjust to English football, but his outstanding form since the turn of the year has been recognised with the trophy.
Meireles’ upturn in form coincided with the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager, but the legend of the Merseyside club said he did nothing special to bring out the best in the player.
Raul Meireles“Raul always had the ability. Maybe he’s settled down a little bit and is more comfortable and confident because he is playing well but there’s been nothing drastic changed for any of the players really,” said Dalglish.
“Its fantastic to see Raul doing so well. He has always been a talented footballer, he’s always had what we are seeing now but it’s been trying to get it out and it is coming out now and he’s scoring goals.”
Meireles also won the February monthly award. He had to beat off competition from the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Scott Parker, Samir Nasri, Dimitar Berbatov and compatriot Nani to land the annual gong.
It is the third time a Portuguese footballer has won the award in the last five years, after Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the same prize in 2007 and 2008.
by Tom Kundert

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Comments (23)
23 Monday, 25 April 2011 13:14
Ok he played very well in the second half of the season, not so much in the first half.
But player of the year? come on.
remember when?
22 Sunday, 24 April 2011 03:50
People would hate on him, then he left to England and turned some heads. Now he has earned international success. I love a happy ending. I am proud of him and of the people appreciating his development. You've come a long way Raul! Please keep up the good work. Portugal 2014 World Cup champions!!!
21 Saturday, 23 April 2011 22:36
I have to admit that I wasn't much of a fan. I don't know if I was one of the haters, but I definately underappreciated him.
I did get to watch him quite a bit, and once Gerard went down, he really flourished. Dalglish has given him the freedom and trusts him in being able to track back and cover. Even after Gerard came back briefly, Meireles maintained his position/tactics.
I am a big Liverpool hater, and disliked Rafa (still do) just as much, I really enjoyed their collapse last season, and their early mess this season as well. I do admit that they're playing much better, and Suarez is going to be a huge pick up for them.
Yes, they overpaid for Carroll, but I think that they feel they can make that up in merchandising, especially if Carroll becomes a stalwart England Int'l.

Sorry for getting off track, but congrats for the recognition. Maybe it's not one of the most prestigeous awards, but you can't deny his quality.

As for people saying that Nani deserved it, they just haven't been watching. Sometimes stats don't tell the whole picture. I watch Man United a ton, and watching Nani could get frustrating. He had a wonderful start to the season, and actually carried Man United at times. The problem is that he just disapears much too much. It's almost as if he feels that a couple of quick cut backs and shots is enough. He has to realize that he is not CR7 or one of the best. He could be, but that will only come to him if he works and works and works...
Unfortunately he's still very inconsistant in his play.
So much so, that when Valencia came back, Nani had to move to the left. That can be looked at as a compliment since he could go there, but the fact is that he is much less effective on the left.
20 Saturday, 23 April 2011 17:19
raul deserves this award ahead of nani cos raul doesnt cheat or cry like a baby ,its great to see not all portugese players dive and cheat .
Raul Mereiles
19 Saturday, 23 April 2011 14:57
Congrats man! You deserve everything you get.
torpiano, uk
18 Saturday, 23 April 2011 13:02
Good info, I didn't know much about this award either but something is always better then nothing.

We had a new guy join our work this past year and he's grown up as a Liverpool supporter so I ended up following the them a bit more this year and he ended up following our Liga. As an EPL fan he knew of Benfica and Porto as the only creditable teams but now he has a better appreciation for how strong our mid-table teams can be (I think Braga knocking them out helped this out lol).

Anyways I got a bit side tracked on this post, at the end of the day Meireles helped keep Liverpool in the mid-table. I think if they didn't have him they would have finished in the lower half of the table this season which is a joke for a team like Liverpool.
well done, but...
17 Saturday, 23 April 2011 09:15
Congrats to Raul, but unfortunately this award has received virtually no press coverage here in England and is not very credible.

I only found out Raul won this award by looking at this article!

The PFA Players Award went to Gareth Bale, which is voted for by fellow players and is seen as a lot more prestigious. Raul was voted for by the fans in an online poll, so unfortunately it seems to have slipped under the radar.

Also, the only players you could vote for in this award were a few selected players that received a Player of the Month award, so he was only up against 4 inconsistent players - Berbatov, Luiz, Nasri and Torres. The likes of Nani, Bale, van Persie, van der Vaart and Tevez were not even options in this poll!

He's a had a good season after a slow start and well done to him, but I think Nani deserved more acknowledgement for his outstanding season but unfortunately he was pipped in the Players Award and wasn't even an option in this less credible award.
16 Saturday, 23 April 2011 06:49
Great choice, Meireles has proven all his critics wrong and all his fans, such as Porto fans, right. Congrats!
Class act
15 Saturday, 23 April 2011 06:07
As a scouser and regular fan at Anfield i can say he has been wonderful at Liverpool, Portugal have a top player here!!!
Re: Jon/USA
14 Friday, 22 April 2011 20:59
Completely agree my dude. I was one of those haters and even created the nickname Raul "Merdales" for him. However, since the World Cup he grew on me and I've respected his game ever since. I'm happy he proved myself and many other haters out there wrong. If only some NT players can follow his motto now, Ex- H.Almeida, H.Postiga, Quaresma, etccc.
13 Friday, 22 April 2011 20:51
Unfortunately I didn't catch many Premier League matches this year.. so never got to witness it fully.. but considering how poor Liverpool did this year it is a great accomplishment for Raul.

Like Tony I had some complaints about Meireles but more because they wanted to use him as a DM and he is better suited up field with his high work rate just behind the 10.. as a DM he is not great and that has shown for Portugal of late when they have played him so deep it has cost us a few goals.

He should be pushed forward and allowed to roam near the opposing box were he is wins balls and scores wicked goals.

Congrats Raul great achievement for such a hard worker.
12 Friday, 22 April 2011 20:34
Nani got robbed! i think nani was a way better player then raul all season but whatever congrats to him anyway
11 Friday, 22 April 2011 18:24
safe guy
Well deserved
10 Friday, 22 April 2011 18:16
A year ago only porto supporters seemed to like u, this year u hav proven ur quality on one of the biggest stages and finally got the deserved respect!
Meireles Deserves All the Credit!
9 Friday, 22 April 2011 18:15
Nice to see Meireles do well and congrats!!!

I admit that I was a big critic of his for the national team. I have no problem with being wrong when a player exceeds my expectations. Wish we had more players like Meireles who are proving the critics wrong.
8 Friday, 22 April 2011 18:04
Well done mate am chuffed yer beat fat head Rooney an the diver nani.......... An hopefully next year we will beat them to the premier league trophy aswell............
7 Friday, 22 April 2011 17:52
Couldn't have said it better myself!
PFA player of the year
6 Friday, 22 April 2011 17:34
Really a great player!
I wish You further success, Raul!
Well done!!!
And remember - next year You have to lift the PL trophy!
You deserv it Meireles..
5 Friday, 22 April 2011 17:15
congrats..YNWA ;)
4 Friday, 22 April 2011 16:29
Do you guys remeber when so many posters on this site hated Meireles 2 years ago. He is an excellent player and he has proved his talent with such a prestigious award in arguably the best league in the world! I personally would have given in to Vidic, but Meireles has been one of the best, if not the best, midfielder in the Premier League. He stepped up when Gerrard was hurt and he scored some fantastic goals. He is one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world so we are lucky to have him on the seleccao.
that big
3 Friday, 22 April 2011 16:24
he just got over there and gets the respect of the fans as a foreigner. that says a lot.
congratulations Meireles
2 Friday, 22 April 2011 16:16
well deserved Raul !!!
1 Friday, 22 April 2011 15:42
congratulations Raul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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