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In a nutshell: South America's premier football award, to the best footballer playing for one of the continent's clubs.
Awarded to: It's open to South American footballers playing for a South American club.
Voted by: The vote is conducted by Uruguayan newspaper El Pais, they poll around 500 journalists from 20 countries across the continent for their choices.
When: At the end of each calendar year.
Worth a mention: 1. The award was originally created in 1971 by El Mundo (a Venezuelan newspaper) and they ran it until 1992. However, in 1986 El Pais (the Uruguayan newspaper) created the Rey del Futbol de America (America's King of Football). Since then this has been considered the official award.
2. Its only supposed to be awarded to South American footballers playing for a South American club. The only exception to this was when El Mundo gave Mario Kempes the award in 1978, when he played in Spain for Valencia.

Year Player Country Team
2011 Neymar Brazil Santos
2010 Andres D'Alessandro Argentina Internacional
2009 Juan Sebastian Veron Argentina Estudiantes LP
2008 Juan Sebastian Veron Argentina Estudiantes LP
2007 Salvador Cabanas Paraguay America
2006 Matias Fernandez Chile Colo Colo
2005 Carlos Tevez Argentina Corinthians
2004 Carlos Tevez Argentina Boca Juniors
2003 Carlos Tevez Argentina Boca Juniors
2002 Jose Cardozo Paraguay Club Toluca
2001 Juan Roman Riquelme Argentina Boca Juniors
2000 Romario Brazil Vasco da Gama
1999 Javier Saviola Argentina River Plate
1998 Martin Palermo Argentina Boca Juniors
1997 Marcelo Salas Chile River Plate
1996 Jose Luis Chilavert Paraguay Velez Sarsfield
1995 Enzo Francescoli Uruguay River Plate
1994 Cafu Brazil Sao Paulo
1993 Carlos Valderrama Colombia Atletico Junior
1992 Rai Brazil Sao Paulo
1991 Oscar Ruggeri Argentina Velez Sarsfield
1990 Raul Vicente Amarilla Paraguay Olimpia Asuncion
1989 Bebeto Brazil Vasco da Gama
1988 Ruben Paz Uruguay Racing Club
1987 Carlos Valderrama Colombia Deportivo Cali
1986 Antonio Alzamendi Uruguay River Plate
1985 Romerito Paraguay Fluminense
1984 Enzo Francescoli Uruguay River Plate
1983 Socrates Brazil Corinthians
1982 Zico Brazil Flamengo
1981 Zico Brazil Flamengo
1980 Diego Maradona Argentina Argentinos Juniors
1979 Diego Maradona Argentina Argentinos Juniors
1978 Mario Kempes Argentina Valencia CF
1977 Zico Brazil Flamengo
1976 Elias Figueroa Chile Internacional
1975 Elias Figueroa Chile Internacional
1974 Elias Figueroa Chile Internacional
1973 Pele Brazil Santos
1972 Teofilo Cubillas Peru Alianza Lima
1971 Tostao Brazil Cruzeiro