Luis Suarez claimed one of English soccer’s most prestigious individual awards Sunday when the Professional Footballers’ Association voted him as the 2013-14 Players’ Player of the Season.

Suarez has played a key role in Liverpool’s rise to the ranks of the Premier League elite, scoring 30 goals in 31 games and providing 12 assists in the current campaign. The Uruguayan leads the Premier League in both categories, despite missing the first five games of the season due to suspension.

The PFA, English soccer’s players’ union, presented Suarez with the award at an awards ceremony in London.

Suarez, 27, dedicated the award to Liverpool FC.

“The Premier League is full of really great players and so it is a great honor when these players recognize your work on the pitch,” Suarez said, according to

“I always try my best for the team and it is nice to get awards but really this is for my teammates and the staff at Liverpool, because without their help I wouldn’t have this prize.”

Suarez finished second to Gareth Bale last season. This time around, Suarez topped teammates Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Southampton’s Adam Lallana and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure in the voting.

Suarez also is a favorite to win the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year Award, which will be awarded on May 15.

Hazard was voted Young Player of the Year. The Chelsea winger appears with Suarez below.

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