El País (Uruguay)
|Founded||September 14, 1918|
|Political alignment||Conservative liberalism|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Messi won all four awards successively (2009-12).
|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.|
|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.|
|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 player
|Player||Number of Wins|
|Lionel Messi||4 (all in a row)|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to El País, Uruguay.|
- Official website(in Spanish)
- Today's El País front page at the Newseum website
- TV: canales de Montevideo concentran 95,5% del mercado - Portal 180, 10 November 2011
- European Player and Team of the Year 1991-2006