Steven Gerrard spoke of being 'flattered and humbled' after the country's football writers honoured him for his outstanding contribution to the English game.
The Football Writers' Association staged a gala dinner at the Savoy in London, inviting 400 guests to see Gerrard presented with the Tribute Award.
Guests included Jamie Carragher, Brendan Rodgers, Ian Rush, Ian Ayre and Tom Werner.
The presentation was made by FWA chairman Andy Dunn of the Sunday Mirror.
Gerrard said: "Tonight's award means a lot because these guys have followed me throughout my career, written about me whenever I have played. To receive this award from the Football Writers' Association is a very proud night for myself and my family.
"I feel very flattered and humbled to receive it.
"I have always looked at personal awards as a bit of a bonus really. I always try to achieve things with Liverpool or fight to do well for England.
"But when you talk about awards of people like the supporters or people in the press who watch you week in and week out, scrutinise your performances, these mean an awful lot because these guys know their football."
Last year's gala dinner and award was shared by Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.