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Presented by El Pais of Uruguay since 1986. In prior years, the Venezuelan newspaper "El Mundo" made the award. (Only South American players of South American clubs are eligible)
Year Player Club Team National Team
1999 Javier Saviola River Plate Argentina
1998 Martin Palermo Boca Juniors Argentina
1997 Marcelo Salas River Plate Chile
1996 Jose Luis Chilavert Velez Sarsfield Paraguay
1995 Enzo Francescali River Plate Uruguay
1994 Marcos Morais Cafu Sao Paulo Brazil
1993 Carlos Valderrama Atl. Junior Colombia
1992 Rai Souza Oliveira Sao Paulo Brazil
1991 Oscar Ruggeri Velez Sarsfield Argentina
1990 Raúl Amarilla Olimpia Paraguay
1989 José Gama Oliveira Bebeto Vasco de Gama Brazil
1988 Rubén Paz Racing Buenos Aires Uruguay
1987 Carlos Valderrama Deportivo Cali Colombia
1986 Antonio Alzamendi River Plate Uruguay
1985 Julio César Romero Fluminense Paraguay
1984 Enzo Francescoli River Plate Uruguay
1983 Socrates Souza Oliveira Corinthians Brazil
1982 Arthur Antunes Coimbra Zico Flamengo Brazil
1981 Arthur Antunes Coimbra Zico Flamengo Brazil
1980 Diego Maradona Boca Juniors Argentina
1979 Diego Maradona Argentinos Juniors Argentina
1978 Mario Kempes Valencia Argentina
1977 Arthur Antunes Coimbra Zico Flamengo Brazil
1976 Elias Figueroa Internacional Chile
1975 Elias Figueroa Internacional Chile
1974 Elias Figueroa Internacional Chile
1973 Pele Santos Brazil
1972 Teófilo Cubillas Alianza Lima Peru
1971 Eduardo Gonçalvez de Andrade Tostao Cruzeiro Brazil

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