Portuguese Golden Ball

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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. It was a career award but since then the award was given to the best player in the league.[1]

Format[edit]

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

Winners[edit]

Luís Figo won the award in 1994.

The award has been presented on 12 occasions as of 2010, with 9 different winners. Between 2001 and 2008 the Portuguese Golden Ball was not awarded.

1991-2000[edit]

Year Winner Country Club Position Sources Notes
1991 Eusébio  Portugal Retired Forward [1] [A]
1992 Vítor Baía  Portugal FC Porto Goalkeeper [1]
1993 João Pinto  Portugal SL Benfica Forward [1]
1994 Luís Figo  Portugal Sporting CP Midfielder [1]
1995 Domingos  Portugal FC Porto Forward [1]
1996 João Pinto  Portugal SL Benfica Forward [1]
1997 Mário Jardel  Brazil FC Porto Forward [1]
1998 Mário Jardel  Brazil FC Porto Forward [1]
1999 - - - - [1] [B]
2000 Jorge Costa  Portugal FC Porto Defender [1][3]

2009-present[edit]

Year Winner Country Club Position Sources Notes
2009 Lucho González  Argentina FC Porto Midfielder [1]
2010 Javier Saviola  Argentina SL Benfica Forward [1]
2011 Radamel Falcao  Colombia FC Porto Forward [4]
2012 James Rodríguez  Colombia FC Porto Midfielder [5]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  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). www.nexus.ao. 29 January 2001. Retrieved 29 January 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "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.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/news/newsid=2039441/index.html?intcmp=newsreader_news_box_1

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