Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been named Wales Footballer of the Year.
Following his £85 million move to Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur, Bale's first few weeks in Spain have not lived up to expectations after the winger's injury problems.
However, he will be boosted by the award that is in recognition of his performances for his national side. The player won the same award consecutively in 2010 and 2011 but lost out to Joe Allen in 2012.
In recognition of his achievement, Wales manager Chris Coleman said to the South Wales Evening Post: "Gareth's definitely one of the best players I've seen. I've had the fortune of being up close and personal with him in training and he's a player that can take your breath away.
"In two or three seconds, he will do something that nobody else can do. He's a special player."
Bale has certainly raised the profile of a side that has not qualified for a major tournament since reaching the quarter-finals of the 1976 European Championship.
"He's serious about Wales," continued Coleman.
"He's a Cardiff boy and patriotic and what he does for Welsh football is raise the interest in football for our country.
"He's brought that for us. He's a great player - and I still think he's getting better because of his age.
"He'll only get better working under a manager like Carlo Ancelotti and playing for Real Madrid with players like Cristiano Ronaldo."
Some may argue that Bale's club performances can only be benefited by Wales' failure to make it to international tournaments.
Less physical strain - that would be normal for other high-profile players - is placed on the Welshman when other teams are busy with gruelling fixtures half way across the world.
Ryan Giggs - who will be 40 next month - has also probably had his career extended by Wales' lack of success.
The decision to award Bale the prize was taken by journalists and broadcasters.
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