Suarez completes double with FWA award
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has completed a notable double by being named the FWA Footballer of the Year.

The Uruguayan's 30 goals have kept the Reds in sight of their first English top-flight title in 24 years, and this latest honour comes after he was named PFA Player of the Year by his peers.

Suarez topped a poll of more than 300 journalists ahead of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and will receive the FWA award, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner at London's Lancaster Hotel on 15 May.

FWA chairman Andy Dunn said: "Those members who have been fortunate enough to be working at a match involving Luis Suarez have witnessed an astonishing talent first-hand.

"Tireless endeavour allied to extraordinary imagination makes an irresistible combination. Add ingenious, impudent finishing and you have a footballer who truly quickens the pulse. Luis is a remarkably gifted addition to the long and distinguished list of winners of our award."

Suarez gained 52 per cent of a ballot in which votes were cast for ten players in all, with Gerrard the runner-up and midfielder Yaya Toure, a key figure in Manchester City's Premier League title charge, in third place.