Portuguese Golden Ball
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
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.
|1992||Vítor Baía||Portugal||FC Porto||Goalkeeper||1|
|1993||João Pinto||Portugal||SL Benfica||Forward||1|
|1994||Luís Figo||Portugal||Sporting CP||Midfielder||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|
|2000||Jorge Costa||Portugal||FC Porto||Defender||13|
|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 Rodriguez||Colombia||FC Porto||Midfielder||5|
- Azevedo, Rogério (29 January 2011). "Saviola Jogador do Ano". A Bola. p. 2-5. ISBN [[Special:BookSources/9770870177607|9770870177607 [[Category:Articles with invalid ISBNs]]]].
- "Falcao awarded the Portuguese Golden Ball". AtléticoFans. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "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.
- "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.
- "A Bola" official website (Portuguese)