The Portuguese international has already won the distinction on two occasions: 2006/07 and 2007/08. This season, the forward has scored 18 goals in 30 Premier League games, in addition to making three assists.

Cristiano Ronaldo competes for the prize against Van Dijk (Liverpool), Kevin de Bruyne (Man. City), Mo Salah (Liverpool) and Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

As for the Young Player of the Year award, the nominees are Smith-Rowe (Arsenal), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Connor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa), Phil Foden (Man. City) and Reece James (Chelsea).