Portuguese Golden Ball

The Portuguese Golden Ball (known in Portuguese as A Bola de Ouro) is an annual award given, by Portuguese newspaper A Bola, to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the year in the Primeira Liga. The first winner of the award was Eusébio, in 1991. Initially, it was a career award, but since then, the award was given to the best player in the league.[1]

FormatEdit

The prize is given out by Portuguese newspaper A Bola to the best player in the Portuguese Liga.[2]

WinnersEdit

 
Luís Figo won the award in 1994.

The award has been presented on 20 occasions as of 2012, with 17 different winners.

Year Winner Country Club Position Sources Notes
1991 Eusébio   Portugal Retired Forward [1] [A]
1992 Vítor Baía   Portugal Porto Goalkeeper [1]
1993 João Pinto   Portugal Benfica Forward [1]
1994 Luís Figo   Portugal Sporting CP Midfielder [1]
1995 Domingos   Portugal Porto Forward [1]
1996 João Pinto   Portugal Benfica Forward [1]
1997 Mário Jardel   Brazil Porto Forward [1]
1998 Mário Jardel   Brazil Porto Forward [1]
1999 - - - - [1] [B]
2000 Jorge Costa   Portugal Porto Defender [1][3]
2001 Erwin Sánchez   Bolivia Boavista Midfielder [4]
2002 Mário Jardel   Brazil Sporting CP Forward [4]
2003 Deco   Brazil Porto Midfielder [4]
2004 Adriano Rossato   Brazil Nacional Defender [4]
2005 Simão   Portugal Benfica Midfielder [4]
2006 Petit   Portugal Benfica Midfielder [4]
2007 Ricardo Quaresma   Portugal Porto Midfielder [4]
2008 - - - -
2009 Lucho González   Argentina Porto Midfielder [1]
2010 Javier Saviola   Argentina Benfica Forward [1]
2011 Radamel Falcao   Colombia Porto Forward [5]
2012 James Rodríguez   Colombia Porto Midfielder [6][7]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

A. ^ It was a career award.[1]
B. ^ In 1999 the Portuguese Golden Ball was not awarded.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Azevedo, Rogério (29 January 2011). "Saviola Jogador do Ano". A Bola. pp. 2–5.
  2. ^ "Falcao awarded the Portuguese Golden Ball". AtléticoFans. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Jorge Costa considerado o melhor do ano" [Jorge Costa considered best of the year] (in Portuguese). nexus.ao. 29 January 2001. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Portugal - Footballer of the Year". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Falcao: "Tive um ano mágico no FC Porto"" [Falcao: "I had a magical year at FC Porto"] (in Portuguese). relvado.aeiou.pt. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  6. ^ South American hopefuls enter final straight
  7. ^ "Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez in £60m Monaco move". BBC Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2017.

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