Player 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).


All players and clubs are Argentine, unless otherwise noted.

Year Player Club
1970 Héctor Yazalde Independiente
1971 José Omar Pastoriza Independiente
1972 Ángel Bargas Chacarita Juniors
1973 Miguel Ángel Brindisi Huracán
1974 Miguel Ángel Raimondo Independiente
1975 Héctor Scotta San Lorenzo
1976 Daniel Passarella River Plate
1977 Ubaldo Fillol River Plate
1978 Mario Kempes Valencia ( Spain)
1979 Diego Maradona Argentinos Juniors
1980 Diego Maradona Argentinos Juniors
1981 Diego Maradona Boca Juniors
1982 Hugo Orlando Gatti Boca Juniors
1983 Ricardo Bochini Independiente
1984 Alberto Márcico Ferro Carril Oeste
1985 Enzo Francescoli (Uruguay Uruguayan) River Plate
1986 Diego Maradona Napoli ( Italy)
1987 Néstor Fabbri Racing Club
1988 Rubén Paz (Uruguay Uruguayan) Racing Club
1989 Carlos Alfaro Moreno Independiente
1990 Sergio Goycochea Millonarios ( Colombia) / Racing Club
1991 Oscar Ruggeri Vélez Sarsfield
1992 Luis Islas Independiente
1993 Ramón Medina Bello River Plate
1994 Carlos Navarro Montoya Boca Juniors
1995 Enzo Francescoli (Uruguay Uruguayan) River Plate
1996 José Luis Chilavert (Paraguay Paraguayan) Vélez Sarsfield
1997 Marcelo Salas (Chile Chilean) River Plate
1998 Gabriel Batistuta Fiorentina ( Italy)
1999 Javier Saviola River Plate
2000 Juan Román Riquelme Boca Juniors
2001 Juan Román Riquelme Boca Juniors
2002 Gabriel Milito Independiente
2003 Carlos Tévez Boca Juniors
2004 Carlos Tévez Boca Juniors
2005 Lionel Messi Barcelona ( Spain)
2006 Juan Sebastián Verón Estudiantes de La Plata
2007[1] Lionel Messi Barcelona ( Spain)
2008[1] Juan Román Riquelme Boca Juniors
Lionel Messi Barcelona ( Spain)
2009[1] Juan Sebastián Verón Estudiantes de La Plata
Lionel Messi Barcelona ( Spain)
2010[1] Juan Manuel Martínez Vélez Sársfield
Lionel Messi Barcelona ( Spain)
2011[1] Juan Román Riquelme Boca Juniors
Lionel Messi Barcelona ( Spain)
2012[2] Lisandro López Arsenal de Sarandí
Lionel Messi Barcelona ( Spain)

By player

Player Wins
Lionel Messi 7
Diego Maradona 4
Juan Román Riquelme 4
Juan Sebastián Verón 2
Carlos Tévez 2
Enzo Francescoli 2

External links

  • Sports Journalists' Circle official website (Spanish)


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