Paraguayan Footballer of the Year

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The Paraguayan Footballer of the Year is an award given to the best Paraguayan professional football player every year. The award began officially in 1997 and it is presented by Paraguayan newspaper Diario ABC Color. Players that participate in this award can play in any professional football club in the world (they don't necessarily have to be Paraguayan football clubs) and have to be either Paraguayan-born or Paraguayan-naturalised players.


Year Footballer Team
1997 Carlos Gamarra Portugal Benfica
1998 Carlos Gamarra Brazil Corinthians
1999 Roque Santa Cruz Paraguay Olimpia
Germany Bayern Munich
2000 José Cardozo Mexico Toluca
2001 Roberto Acuña Spain Real Zaragoza
2002 José Cardozo Mexico Toluca
2003 José Cardozo Mexico Toluca
2004 Justo Villar Argentina Newell's Old Boys
2005 Julio dos Santos Paraguay Cerro Porteño
2006 Óscar Cardozo Paraguay Nacional
Argentina Newell's Old Boys
2007 Salvador Cabañas Mexico América
2008 Claudio Morel Rodríguez Argentina Boca Juniors
2009 Óscar Cardozo Portugal Benfica
2010 Lucas Barrios Germany Borussia Dortmund
2011 Pablo Zeballos Paraguay Olimpia
2012 Pablo Aguilar Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño
Mexico Tijuana
2013 Ángel Romero Paraguay Cerro Porteño
2014 Fernando Fernández Paraguay Guaraní
2015 Derlis Gonzalez[1] Ukraine Dynamo Kiev
2016 Rodrigo Rojas Paraguay Cerro Porteño
2017 Miguel Almirón United States Atlanta United
  • Note: the 1999 winner, Roque Santa Cruz, appears both as a Club Olimpia and Bayern Munich player because he played the first half of 1999 in Olimpia of Asunción before eventually being transferred to Bayern Munich in the second half of 1999. The same applies for the 2006 winner.


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