El País (Uruguay)

El País is a Uruguayan newspaper, first published on September 14, 1918, and distributed nationwide. It previously belonged to the same media group as the television channel Teledoce. Its website is ranked 6th in Uruguay according to Alexa. Its circulation is verified by the Argentine institution IVC.[1]

El País
El Pais Uruguay.svg
TypeDaily newspaper
FoundedSeptember 14, 1918
Political alignmentConservative liberalism
HeadquartersMontevideo, Uruguay
WebsiteEl País


Established in Montevideo, El País was originally edited by Leonel Aguirre, Eduardo Rodríguez Larreta and Washington Beltrán Barbat. Begun as a political newspaper devoted to the National Party, it later developed into a general interest newspaper.[2]

For decades, El País has been among the leading written media in Uruguay, with a circulation of 65,000 on weekdays and 100,000 on Sundays. Its editorial focus is on the social, political and economic news of Uruguay, as well as the Mercosur regional trade alliance.[3]


Lionel Messi is the all-time record winner of the prize with 4 wins, alongside Zinedine Zidane. Messi is also the only player to win it four consecutive times (2009-12).

From 1991 to 2012 El País had been awarding the prize "El País King of European Soccer" for the best footballer in Europe.

The first winner was French Jean-Pierre Papin.

Argentine legend Lionel Messi and French Zinedine Zidane were the record winners with 4 wins each.

Messi won all four awards successively (2009-12).[4]

Year Player Club
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin Olympique de Marseille
1992 Marco van Basten A.C. Milan
1993 Roberto Baggio Juventus F.C.
1994 Paolo Maldini A.C. Milan
1995 George Weah Paris Saint-Germain F.C. /  A.C. Milan
1996 Ronaldo PSV Eindhoven /  FC Barcelona
1997 Ronaldo FC Barcelona /  Inter Milan
1998 Zinedine Zidane Juventus F.C.
1999 Rivaldo FC Barcelona
2000 Luís Figo FC Barcelona /  Real Madrid C.F.
2001 Zinedine Zidane Juventus F.C. /  Real Madrid C.F.
2002 Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid C.F.
2003 Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid C.F.
2004 Ronaldinho FC Barcelona
2005 Ronaldinho FC Barcelona
2006 Ronaldinho FC Barcelona
2007 Kaká A.C. Milan
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United F.C.
2009 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona
2010 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona
2011 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona
2012 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona

Most wins by playerEdit

Player Number of Wins
Lionel Messi 4 (all in a row)
Zinedine Zidane 4
Ronaldinho 3
Ronaldo 2


  1. ^ a b IVC
  2. ^ "Fundado el 14 de Setiembre de 1918", El País (2011).
  3. ^ "Source Information: El País (Uruguay)", LexisNexis (2012).
  4. ^ "Messi, 'King of Europe' for the fourth time". www.marca.com. Retrieved 2020-12-31.

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