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SOUTH AMERICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This award begun in 1971.From 1971 to 1985 it was awarded by Venezuelan newspaper El Mundo. From 1986 onwards it has been awarded by the Uruguayan newspaper El Pais. It is open only to South American players of South American clubs. The results in 2003 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY

VOTES

1 Carlos Tevez Argentina 73
2 Jose Cardozo Paraguay 39
3 Diego Ribas Brazil 33
4 Sebastian Battaglia Argentina 26
5 Clemente Rodriguez Argentina 18
6 Rolando Schiavi Argentina 17
7 Alex Brazil 16
8 Robinho Brazil 14
Roberto Abbondanzieri Argentina 14
10 Marcelo Sosa Uruguay 13

Last year's winner Jose Cardozo could only manage second in 2003 behind young Argentine Carlos Tevez.  Previous winners of the award are:

YEAR NAME NATIONALITY
1971 Tostao Brazil
1972 Teofilo Cubillas Peru
1973 Pele Brazil
1974 Elias Figueroa Chile
1975 Elias Figueroa Chile
1976 Elias Figueroa Chile
1977 Zico Brazil
1978 Mario Kempes Argentina
1979 Diego Maradona Argentina
1980 Diego Maradona Argentina
1981 Zico Brazil
1982 Zico Brazil
1983 Socrates Brazil
1984 Enzo Francescoli Uruguay
1985 Julio Cesar Romero Paraguay
1986 Antonio Alzamendi Uruguay
1987 Carlos Valderrama Colombia
1988 Ruben Paz Uruguay
1989 Bebeto Brazil
1990 Raul Amarilla Paraguay
1991 Oscar Ruggeri Argentina
1992 Rai Brazil
1993 Carlos Valderrama Colombia
1994 Cafu Brazil
1995 Enzo Francescoli Uruguay
1996 Jose Luis Chilavert Paraguay
1997 Marcelo Salas Chile
1998 Martin Palermo Argentina
1999 Javier Saviola Argentina
2000 Romario Brazil
2001 Juan Roman Riquelme Argentina
2002 Jose Cardozo Paraguay

 

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