Why Henry, Not Gerrard, Deserved The PFA Popularity Award

The Liverpool captain has been dubbed the most popular former PFA winner, but it's the former Arsenal striker that warranted his place on the top spot.
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The Liverpool captain has been dubbed the most popular former PFA winner, but it's the former Arsenal striker that warranted his place on the top spot.

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So it emerged today that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is supposedly the most popular former winner of the PFA award, beating the likes of former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish and Arsenal duo Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp to the accolade.

A poll run by Sky Sports over the greatest victors of the award – with over 300,000 votes cast – it's the talismanic Liverpool skipper that has secured top spot on the list, which it can be argued is about as deserving as Djimi Traore's Champions League medal.

Now, before you all proclaim me to have some sort of anti-Liverpool agenda and whatnot, I'm a fan of Gerrard. His all action performances in the heart of the midfield sees him warranting a place in the final eight spots, that's for sure.

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But to call him the best? Hardly. Finishing ahead of two-time winning Thierry Henry, a player dubbed the greatest import into the Premier League since its 1992 inception is criminal, considering his exploits during his eight year stint with the Gunners.

Netting 226 times and laying on a further 92 assists in 369 games during his time in north London – not including his six month loan spell in 2012 – not to mention his impact with 'The Invincibles' and the fact Gerrard finished ahead of him in the poll is mind boggling, to say the least.

Either way, having attained 150,000 votes in the final round of voting saw Gerrard blow his competition out of the water, but there are many, myself included, who believe the award is more befitting of a player of Henry's ilk who, let's be honest, is deserving of the award, regardless of the exploits of the Liverpool midfielder in the past.