The Liverpool striker says his teammates are "95 per cent" responsible for him winning the award, hours after they suffer Premier League disappointment at the hands of Chelsea

After his club lost to Chelsea earlier in the day in the Premier League , Luis Suárez became the first South American to collect the Professional Footballers' Association accolade.

The 27-year-old Uruguay international has led Liverpool 's unexpected Premier League title challenge with 30 goals.

Asked how much credit his teammates deserved for him winning the award he said: "95 per cent, another 5 for me.....because this prize is for the team, the squad, and for my teammates and for the staff and for the members of staff because they have done a really good job, and of course for my wife and children."

It was a bittersweet day for Suarez, who flew to London from Liverpool after failing to score as the leaders' title charge was halted by a 2-0 loss to Chelsea .

Suarez missed the first five matches of the season while completing his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. He was previously suspended for eight games for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

For the last year, though, he has regained the admiration of his rivals by ensuring he is no longer a magnet for controversy.

Suarez was also named alongside strike partner Daniel Sturridge and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the PFA's Premier League team of the year.

Source: SNTV / APTN