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Footballer of the Year of Argentina

The Footballer of the Year of Argentina (in Spanish: Olimpia de Plata al Mejor Futbolista, that literally translates to "Silver Olimpia to the Best Footballer) is a yearly award given by the Argentine Sports Journalists' Circle (Círculo de Periodistas Deportivos de la República Argentina) as one of the Olimpia Awards, the most important sports award in Argentina.

The Olimpia is awarded in the sport of association football (a.k.a. soccer), and, since 2008, is shared by the best player of the local league (who wins the Olimpia de Plata al Fútbol Local) and the best Argentine playing abroad (Olimpia de Plata al Fútbol del Exterior).

Up to 2008, the award was not shared, and was either given to the best player of Argentine nationality of the season (regardless if he plays in the local league or abroad), or to the best foreign footballer of the local league. It is unclear when Argentine footballers playing abroad and expatriate players in the country started being eligible. Mario Kempes in 1978 was the first Argentine to receive the award while playing abroad. Kempes was playing in the Spanish league for Valencia CF at the time, and had been a key player in the Argentine national team World Cup winning campaign of that year. On the other hand, Uruguayan Enzo Francescoli was the first foreign player to receive the award (in 1985, playing for River Plate).

Lionel Messi is the award's all-time record holder with eleven wins, seven of which in a row. Pity Martinez (River Plate) is the current winner.

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WinnersEdit

 
Lionel Messi has dominated the award by winning it a record 11 times, 7 of which consecutively.

All players and clubs are Argentine, unless otherwise noted.

Year Player Club Note
1970 Héctor Yazalde Independiente Won the Torneo Metropolitano 1970.
1971 José Omar Pastoriza Independiente Won the Torneo Metropolitano 1971.
1972 Ángel Bargas Chacarita Juniors
1973 Miguel Ángel Brindisi Huracán Won the Torneo Metropolitano 1973, the club's first ever professional title.
1974 Miguel Ángel Raimondo Independiente Won the 1974 Copa Libertadores and the 1974 Copa Interamericana.
1975 Héctor Scotta San Lorenzo Top scorer of the Torneo Metropolitano 1975 and the Torneo Nacional 1975. Top scorer in South America.
1976 Daniel Passarella River Plate Reached the final of the 1976 Copa Libertadores.
1977 Ubaldo Fillol River Plate Won the Torneo Metropolitano 1977
1978 Mario Kempes Valencia (  Spain) Won the 1978 FIFA World Cup, best player and top scorer of the tournament. Won the Pichichi Trophy. Named South American Footballer of the Year and Onze d'Or.
1979 Diego Maradona Argentinos Juniors Won the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship (MVP), top goalscorer of the Torneo Metropolitano 1979 and Torneo Nacional 1979. Won Olimpia de Oro. Named South American Footballer of the Year.
1980 Diego Maradona Argentinos Juniors Top goalscorer of the Torneo Metropolitano 1980 and Torneo Nacional 1980. Named South American Footballer of the Year.
1981 Diego Maradona Boca Juniors Won the Torneo Metropolitano 1981
1982 Hugo Orlando Gatti Boca Juniors
1983 Ricardo Bochini Independiente Won the Torneo Metropolitano 1983.
1984 Alberto Márcico Ferro Carril Oeste Won the Torneo Nacional 1984
1985 Enzo Francescoli (  Uruguayan) River Plate Although his team did not win the championship in 1985, Francescoli became the first foreign player to be named Footballer of the Year of Argentina.
1986 Diego Maradona Napoli (  Italy) Captained Argentina to win the FIFA World Cup, named best player of the tournament, scored the "Goal of the Century", won Olimpia de Oro, Onze d'Or, United Press International Athlete of the Year Award and World Soccer Awards Player of the Year.
1987 Néstor Fabbri Racing Club
1988 Rubén Paz (  Uruguayan) Racing Club Won the 1988 Supercopa Libertadores. Named South American Footballer of the Year.
1989 Carlos Alfaro Moreno Independiente Won the 1988–89 Argentine Primera División.
1990 Sergio Goycochea Millonarios (  Colombia) / Racing Club Golden Glove at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
1991 Oscar Ruggeri Vélez Sarsfield Captained Argentina to win their first Copa America since 1959. Won Olimpia de Oro. Named South American Footballer of the Year.
1992 Luis Islas Independiente Won the 1992 King Fahd Cup.
1993 Ramón Medina Bello River Plate Won the Torneo Apertura 1993 and the 1993 Copa América.
1994 Carlos Navarro Montoya Boca Juniors
1995 Enzo Francescoli (  Uruguayan) River Plate Won the 1995 Copa América (MVP). Named South American Footballer of the Year.
1996 José Luis Chilavert (  Paraguayan) Vélez Sarsfield Won the 1996 Supercopa Libertadores, Torneo Apertura 1996 and 1994 Copa Interamericana (played in 1996). Named South American Footballer of the Year.
1997 Marcelo Salas (  Chilean) River Plate Won the 1997 Supercopa Libertadores, Torneo Clausura 1997 and Torneo Apertura 1997. Named South American Footballer of the Year.
1998 Gabriel Batistuta Fiorentina (  Italy) FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
1999 Javier Saviola River Plate Champion and top goalscorer of the Torneo Apertura 1999. Named South American Footballer of the Year.
2000 Juan Román Riquelme Boca Juniors Won the 2000 Intercontinental Cup, 2000 Copa Libertadores and Torneo Apertura 2000.
2001 Juan Román Riquelme Boca Juniors Won the 2001 Copa Libertadores (MVP). Named South American Footballer of the Year.
2002 Gabriel Milito Independiente Led the team that won the Torneo Apertura 2002.
2003 Carlos Tevez Boca Juniors Won the 2003 Intercontinental Cup, 2003 Copa Libertadores (MVP), Torneo Apertura 2003. Named South American Footballer of the Year.
2004 Carlos Tevez Boca Juniors Won the 2004 Copa Sudamericana, the 2004 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament, gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, Olimpia de Oro. Named South American Footballer of the Year.
2005 Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, top scorer and best player of the tournament. Won the 2004–05 La Liga.
2006 Juan Sebastián Verón Estudiantes de La Plata Led the team that won the Torneo Apertura 2006.
2007[1] Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won Copa América Best Young Player and Bravo Award.
2008[1] Juan Román Riquelme Boca Juniors Led the team that won the Torneo Apertura 2008 and the 2008 Recopa Sudamericana. Won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.
Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.
2009[1] Juan Sebastián Verón Estudiantes de La Plata Led the team that won the 2009 Copa Libertadores, named best player of the tournament and South American Footballer of the Year.
Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, 2008–09 UEFA Champions League, 2009 UEFA Super Cup, 2008–09 La Liga, 2008–09 Copa del Rey, 2009 Supercopa de España, 2009 Ballon d'Or, 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year and Onze d'Or.
2010[1] Juan Manuel Martínez Vélez Sársfield
Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the 2009–10 La Liga, 2010 Supercopa de España, 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or, Pichichi Trophy and European Golden Shoe.
2011[1] Juan Román Riquelme Boca Juniors Led the team that won the Torneo Apertura 2011.
Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, 2010–11 UEFA Champions League, 2011 UEFA Super Cup, 2010–11 La Liga, 2011 Supercopa de España, 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or, UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award, Onze d'Or and Olimpia de Oro.
2012[2] Lisandro López Arsenal de Sarandí Led the team that won the Torneo Clausura 2012 and the 2012 Supercopa Argentina, the first national titles in the club's history.
Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the 2011–12 Copa del Rey. Won the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or, Onze d'Or, Pichichi Trophy and European Golden Shoe.
2013[3] Maxi Rodríguez Newell's Old Boys Led the team that won the Torneo Final 2013.
Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the 2012–13 La Liga and the 2013 Supercopa de España. Won the Pichichi Trophy, European Golden Shoe and FIFA World Cup Golden Ball and reached the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
2014[4] Lucas Pratto Vélez Sarsfield Top goalscorer of the 2014 Argentine Primera División, won the 2013 Supercopa Argentina.
Ángel Di María Manchester United (  England) Won the 2013–14 Copa Del Rey, 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, 2014 UEFA Super Cup and reached the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
2015[5] Marco Ruben Rosario Central Top goalscorer of the 2015 Argentine Primera División
Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, 2015 UEFA Super Cup, 2014–15 La Liga and 2014–15 Copa del Rey. Won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or and UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.
2016 Fernando Belluschi San Lorenzo Won the 2015 Supercopa Argentina and chosen as man of the match.
Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the 2015–16 La Liga, the 2015–16 Copa del Rey and the 2016 Supercopa de España.
2017 Darío Benedetto Boca Juniors Top goalscorer and champion of the 2016–17 Argentine Primera División.
Lionel Messi Barcelona (  Spain) Won the 2016–17 Copa del Rey, European Golden Shoe, Pichichi Trophy.
2018 Pity Martínez River Plate Led the team that won the 2018 Copa Libertadores and the 2017 Supercopa Argentina (played in 2018), both finals against Boca Juniors. Named South American Footballer of the Year.

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