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South American Footballer of the Year

South American Footballer of the Year
2013 South American Footballer of the Year
Ronaldinho is the current South American Footballer of the Year.
Awarded for Best footballers in South America
Presented by El Mundo (1971–1985)
El País (1986–present)
First awarded 1971
Currently held by Ronaldinho

The South American Footballer of the Year (Spanish: Futbolista del año en Sudamérica) is an annual association football award presented to the best footballer in South America over the previous calendar year. The award was conceived by Venezuelan newspaper El Mundo, whom awarded it from 1971 to 1985. Uruguayan newspaper El País took over from 1986 onwards. The inaugural winner was Tostão of Cruzeiro.[1]

Originally, journalists could vote for South American players at any club around the world; Mario Kempes was the first player to win the award while playing in a non-South American league. In 1986, there was a change in the rules to prohibit players not playing in South American leagues to win the award. Since 1998, the award could be won by South American players playing their club football in Mexico due to the participation of Mexican clubs in the Copa Libertadores. Three players have won the award three times each: Elías Figueroa, Zico and Carlos Tevez. Figueroa and Tevez are the only players to have won the award three times in a row; they won the award from 1974 to 1976 and 2003 to 2005, respectively. With 13 awards, Argentine and Brazilian players are tied for having won the award the most. Argentine club River Plate have had the most winners with five awards. The most recent recipient of the award is Ronaldinho of Atlético Mineiro, who won the award in 2013.


  • Winners 1
    • By El Mundo 1.1
    • By El País 1.2
  • By player 2
  • By nationality 3
  • By club 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Pelé, who won the award in 1973.
Elías Figueroa, who won the award in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
Zico, who won the award in 1977, 1981 and 1982.
Diego Maradona won the award in 1979 and 1980.
Sócrates won the award in 1983.
Carlos Valderrama won the award in 1987 and 1993.
Bebeto won the award in 1989.
Raí won the award in 1992.
Cafu won the award in 1994.
Marcelo Salas won the award in 1997.
Martín Palermo won the award in 1998.
Javier Saviola won the award in 1999.
Juan Román Riquelme won the award in 2001.
José Cardozo won the award in 2002.
Matías Fernández won the award in 2006.
Juan Sebastián Verón won the award in 2008 and 2009.

By El Mundo

Year Place Player Nationality Club Points Notes
1971 1st Tostão  Brazil Cruzeiro
2nd José Omar Pastoriza  Argentina Independiente
3rd Luis Artime  Argentina Nacional
1972 1st Teófilo Cubillas  Peru Alianza Lima
2nd Pelé  Brazil Santos
3rd Jairzinho  Brazil Botafogo
1973 1st Pelé  Brazil Santos
2nd Miguel Ángel Brindisi  Argentina Huracán
3rd Rivelino  Brazil Corinthians
1974 1st Elías Figueroa  Chile Internacional
2nd Marinho Chagas  Brazil Botafogo
3rd Carlos Babington  Argentina SG Wattenscheid 09
1975 1st Elías Figueroa  Chile Internacional
2nd Norberto Alonso  Argentina River Plate
3rd Fernando Morena  Uruguay Peñarol
1976 1st Elías Figueroa  Chile Internacional
2nd Zico  Brazil Flamengo
3rd Rivelino  Brazil Fluminense
1977 1st Zico  Brazil Flamengo
2nd Rivelino  Brazil Fluminense
3rd Elías Figueroa  Chile Palestino
1978 1st Mario Kempes  Argentina Valencia
2nd Ubaldo Fillol  Argentina River Plate
3rd Dirceu  Brazil América
1979 1st Diego Maradona  Argentina Argentinos Juniors
2nd Julio César Romero  Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño
3rd Falcão  Brazil Internacional
1980 1st Diego Maradona  Argentina Argentinos Juniors
2nd Zico  Brazil Flamengo
3rd Waldemar Victorino  Uruguay Nacional
1981 1st Zico  Brazil Flamengo
2nd Diego Maradona  Argentina Boca Juniors
3rd Júnior  Brazil Flamengo
1982 1st Zico  Brazil Flamengo
2nd Falcão  Brazil Roma
3rd Diego Maradona  Argentina Barcelona
1983 1st Sócrates  Brazil Corinthians
2nd Ubaldo Fillol  Argentina Argentinos Juniors
3rd Éder  Brazil Atlético Mineiro
1984 1st Enzo Francescoli  Uruguay River Plate
2nd Ubaldo Fillol  Argentina Flamengo
3rd Ricardo Bochini  Argentina Independiente
1985 1st Romerito  Paraguay Fluminense
2nd Enzo Francescoli  Uruguay River Plate
3rd Claudio Borghi  Argentina Argentinos Juniors

By El País

Year Place Player Nationality Club Points Notes
1986 1st Antonio Alzamendi  Uruguay River Plate
2nd Careca  Brazil São Paulo
3rd Julio César Romero  Paraguay Fluminense
1987 1st Carlos Valderrama  Colombia Deportivo Cali
2nd Obdulio Trasante  Uruguay Peñarol
3rd José Perdomo  Uruguay Peñarol
1988 1st Rubén Paz  Uruguay Racing Club
2nd Hugo de León  Uruguay Nacional
3rd José Pintos Saldanha  Uruguay Nacional
1989 1st Bebeto  Brazil Vasco da Gama 74
2nd Mazinho  Brazil Vasco da Gama 42
3rd René Higuita  Colombia Atlético Nacional 34
1990 1st Raúl Amarilla  Paraguay Olimpia 57
2nd Rubén da Silva  Uruguay River Plate 32
3rd Leonel Álvarez  Colombia Atlético Nacional 25
René Higuita  Colombia Atlético Nacional 25
1991 1st Oscar Ruggeri  Argentina Vélez Sársfield 44
2nd Ramón Díaz  Argentina River Plate 28
3rd Patricio Toledo  Chile Universidad Católica 23
1992 1st Raí  Brazil São Paulo 55
2nd Sergio Goycochea  Argentina Olimpia 24
3rd Alberto Acosta  Argentina San Lorenzo 20
Fernando Gamboa  Argentina Newell's Old Boys 20
1993 1st Carlos Valderrama  Colombia Atlético Junior 46
2nd Marco Etcheverry  Bolivia Colo-Colo 30
3rd Cafu  Brazil São Paulo 28
Freddy Rincón  Colombia Palmeiras 28
1994 1st Cafu  Brazil São Paulo 36
2nd José Luis Chilavert  Paraguay Vélez Sársfield 35
3rd Gustavo López  Argentina Independiente 22
1995 1st Enzo Francescoli  Uruguay River Plate 34
2nd Diego Maradona  Argentina Boca Juniors 28
3rd Edmundo  Brazil Flamengo 24
1996 1st José Luis Chilavert  Paraguay Vélez Sársfield 80
2nd Enzo Francescoli  Uruguay River Plate 69
3rd Ariel Ortega  Argentina River Plate 41
Carlos Valderrama  Colombia Atlético Junior 41
1997 1st Marcelo Salas  Chile River Plate 87
2nd Nolberto Solano  Peru Sporting Cristal 39
3rd José Luis Chilavert  Paraguay Vélez Sársfield 37
1998 1st Martín Palermo  Argentina Boca Juniors 73
2nd Carlos Gamarra  Paraguay Corinthians 70
3rd José Luis Chilavert  Paraguay Vélez Sársfield 63
1999 1st Javier Saviola  Argentina River Plate 55
2nd Francisco Arce  Paraguay Palmeiras 45
3rd Juan Román Riquelme  Argentina Boca Juniors 42
2000 1st Romario  Brazil Vasco da Gama 67
2nd Juan Román Riquelme  Argentina Boca Juniors 64
3rd Óscar Córdoba  Colombia Boca Juniors 53
Martín Palermo  Argentina Boca Juniors 53
2001 1st Juan Román Riquelme  Argentina Boca Juniors 88
2nd Óscar Córdoba  Colombia Boca Juniors 59
3rd Romario  Brazil Vasco da Gama 41
2002 1st José Cardozo  Paraguay Toluca 39
2nd Sergio Órteman  Uruguay Olimpia 32
3rd Alejandro Lembo  Uruguay Nacional 30
2003 1st Carlos Tevez  Argentina Boca Juniors 73
2nd José Cardozo  Paraguay Toluca 39
3rd Diego  Brazil Santos 33
2004 1st Carlos Tevez  Argentina Boca Juniors 76
2nd Javier Mascherano  Argentina River Plate 56
3rd Lucho González  Argentina River Plate 37
Robinho  Brazil Santos 37
2005 1st Carlos Tevez  Argentina Corinthians 77
2nd Diego Lugano  Uruguay São Paulo 54
3rd Cicinho  Brazil São Paulo 37
2006 1st Matías Fernández  Chile Colo-Colo 62
2nd Rodrigo Palacio  Argentina Boca Juniors 53
3rd Fernando Gago  Argentina Boca Juniors 50
2007 1st Salvador Cabañas  Paraguay América 67
2nd Claudio Morel Rodríguez  Paraguay Boca Juniors 61
3rd Hugo Ibarra  Argentina Boca Juniors 57
2008 1st Juan Sebastián Verón  Argentina Estudiantes 66
2nd Juan Román Riquelme  Argentina Boca Juniors 63
3rd Salvador Cabañas  Paraguay América 47
2009 1st Juan Sebastián Verón  Argentina Estudiantes 109
2nd Édison Méndez  Ecuador LDU Quito 64
Humberto Suazo  Chile Monterrey 64
3rd Leandro Desábato  Argentina Estudiantes 52
2010 1st Andrés D'Alessandro  Argentina Internacional 61
2nd Juan Sebastián Verón  Argentina Estudiantes 51
3rd Neymar  Brazil Santos 47
2011 1st Neymar  Brazil Santos 130
2nd Eduardo Vargas  Chile Universidad de Chile 70
3rd Ganso  Brazil Santos 33
2012 1st Neymar  Brazil Santos 199
2nd Paolo Guerrero  Peru Corinthians 50
3rd Lucas  Brazil São Paulo 21
2013 1st Ronaldinho  Brazil Atlético Mineiro 156
2nd Neymar  Brazil Santos 81
3rd Maxi Rodríguez  Argentina Newell's Old Boys 79

By player

Player Total Years
Elías Figueroa 3 1974, 1975, 1976
Zico 3 1977, 1981, 1982
Carlos Tevez 3 2003, 2004, 2005
Diego Maradona 2 1979, 1980
Enzo Francescoli 2 1984, 1995
Carlos Valderrama 2 1987, 1993
Juan Sebastián Verón 2 2008, 2009
Neymar 2 2011, 2012
Tostão 1 1971
Teófilo Cubillas 1 1972
Pelé 1 1973
Mario Kempes 1 1978
Sócrates 1 1983
Romerito 1 1985
Antonio Alzamendi 1 1986
Rubén Paz 1 1988
Bebeto 1 1989
Raúl Vicente Amarilla 1 1990
Oscar Ruggeri 1 1991
Raí 1 1992
Cafu 1 1994
José Luis Chilavert 1 1996
Marcelo Salas 1 1997
Martín Palermo 1 1998
Javier Saviola 1 1999
Romario 1 2000
Juan Román Riquelme 1 2001
José Cardozo 1 2002
Matías Fernández 1 2006
Salvador Cabañas 1 2007
Andrés D'Alessandro 1 2010
Ronaldinho 1 2013

By nationality

Country Players Total
 Brazil 10 13
 Argentina 9 13
 Paraguay 5 5
 Chile 3 5
 Uruguay 3 4
 Colombia 1 2
 Peru 1 1

By club

Club Players Count
River Plate 4 5
Boca Juniors 3 4
Internacional 2 4
Santos 2 3
Corinthians 2 2
Vasco da Gama 2 2
São Paulo 2 2
Vélez Sársfield 2 2
Flamengo 1 3
Argentinos Juniors 1 2
Estudiantes 1 2
Alianza Lima 1 1
América 1 1
Atlético Mineiro 1 1
Colo-Colo 1 1
Deportivo Cali 1 1
Fluminense 1 1
Junior 1 1
Olimpia 1 1
Racing 1 1
Toluca 1 1
Valencia 1 1

See also


  • Pierrend, José Luis (16 January 2009). "South American Coach and Player of the Year".  
  1. ^ "Rey de América: Verón alcanzó a Maradona, y Argentina superó a Brasil".  

External links

  • El MundoDiario
  • El PaisDiario
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