Argentina - Player of the Year


"Círculo de Periodistas Deportivos" (Association of Sports Journalists) chooses the best athlete in many sports.
The official name of the award is "Olimpia de Plata" (Silver Olympia); therefore there is a winner for every sport.
The best sporter of the year wins the "Olimpia de Oro" (Gold Olympia).
"Olimpia de Platino" (Platinum Olympia) was chosen among all "Olimpias de Oro" in 2000.
"Olimpia del Bicentenario" (Bicentennial Olympia) was chosen in each sporting discipline on the occasión of the 200 years of the May Revolution.


List of Winners

a) Silver Olympia awarded to the best Argentine player or the best foreigner player in local championships.

Year Name                  Surname                      Club                                   
 
1970 Héctor Casimiro       Yazalde             ARG      CA Independiente             ARG
1971 José Omar             Pastoriza           ARG      CA Independiente             ARG
1972 Ángel Hugo            Bargas              ARG      CA Chacarita Juniors         ARG
1973 Miguel Ángel          Brindisi            ARG      CA Huracán                   ARG
1974 Miguel Ángel          Raimondo            ARG      CA Independiente             ARG
1975 Héctor Horacio Leonel Scotta              ARG      CA San Lorenzo de Almagro    ARG
1976 Daniel Alberto        Passarella          ARG      CA River Plate               ARG
1977 Ubaldo Matildo        Fillol              ARG      CA River Plate               ARG
1978 Mario Alberto         Kempes              ARG      Valencia CF                  ESP
1979 Diego Armando         Maradona            ARG      AA Argentinos Juniors        ARG
1980 Diego Armando         Maradona            ARG      AA Argentinos Juniors        ARG
1981 Diego Armando         Maradona            ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG
1982 Hugo Orlando          Gatti               ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG
1983 Ricardo Enrique       Bochini             ARG      CA Independiente             ARG
1984 Alberto José          Márcico             ARG      Club Ferro Carril Oeste      ARG
1985 Enzo                  Francescoli Uriarte URU      CA River Plate               ARG
1986 Diego Armando         Maradona            ARG      SSC Napoli                   ITA
1987 Néstor Ariel          Fabbri              ARG      Racing Club                  ARG
1988 Rubén Walter          Paz Máquez          URU      Racing Club                  ARG
1989 Carlos Alejandro      Alfaro Moreno       ARG      CA Independiente             ARG
1990 Sergio Javier         Goycochea           ARG      AB Millonarios FC            COL Racing Club                  ARG
1991 Oscar Alfredo         Ruggeri             ARG      CA Vélez Sarsfield           ARG
1992 Luis Alberto          Islas               ARG      CA Independiente             ARG
1993 Ramón Ismael          Medina Bello        ARG      CA River Plate               ARG
1994 Carlos Fernando       Navarro Montoya     COL/ARG  CA Boca Juniors              ARG
1995 Enzo                  Francescoli Uriarte URU      CA River Plate               ARG
1996 José Luis Félix       Chilavert González  PAR      CA Vélez Sarsfield           ARG
1997 José Marcelo          Salas Melinao       CHI      CA River Plate               ARG
1998 Gabriel Omar          Batistuta           ARG      ACF Fiorentina               ITA
1999 Javier Pedro          Saviola             ARG      CA River Plate               ARG
2000 Juan Román            Riquelme            ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2001 Juan Román            Riquelme            ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2002 Gabriel Alejandro     Milito              ARG      CA Independiente             ARG 
2003 Carlos Alberto        Tévez               ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2004 Carlos Alberto        Tévez               ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2005 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2006 Juan Sebastián        Verón               ARG      FC Internazionale Milano     ITA Club Estudiantes de La Plata ARG  
2007 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2018 Gonzalo Nicolás       Martínez            ARG      CA River Plate               ARG
2019 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2021 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP Paris Saint-Germain FC       FRA

b) Silver Olympia awarded to the best Argentine playing abroad.

Year Name                  Surname                      Club                                   
 
2008 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2009 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2010 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2011 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2012 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2013 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2014 Ángel Fabián          Di María            ARG      Real Madrid CF               ESP Manchester United FC         ENG
2015 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2016 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP
2017 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP

c) Silver Olympia awarded to best player in local championships.

Year Name                  Surname                      Club                                   

2008 Juan Román            Riquelme            ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2009 Juan Sebastián        Verón               ARG      Club Estudiantes de La Plata ARG
2010 Juan Manuel           Martínez            ARG      CA Vélez Sarsfield           ARG
2011 Juan Román            Riquelme            ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2012 Lisandro Ezequiel     López               ARG      Arsenal FC                   ARG
2013 Maximiliano Rubén     Rodríguez           ARG      CA Newell's Old Boys         ARG
2014 Lucas David           Pratto              ARG      CA Vélez Sarsfield           ARG
2015 Marco Gastón          Ruben               ARG      CA Rosario Central           ARG
2016 Fernando              Belluschi           ARG      CA San Lorenzo de Almagro    ARG
2017 Darío Ismael          Benedetto           ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG

d) Gold Olympia awarded to the best sportmen of the year, when he was a footballer.

Year Name                  Surname                      Club                                   
 
1979 Diego Armando         Maradona            ARG      AA Argentinos Juniors        ARG
1986 Diego Armando         Maradona            ARG      SSC Napoli                   ITA
1991 Oscar Alfredo         Ruggeri             ARG      CA Vélez Sarsfield           ARG
2004 Carlos Alberto        Tévez               ARG      CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2021 Lionel Andrés         Messi               ARG      FC Barcelona                 ESP Paris Saint-Germain FC       FRA

e) Platinum Olympia awarded to the best Argentine sportmen of twentieth century.

2000 Diego Armando         Maradona            ARG 

f) Bicentennial Olympia awarded to best Argentine footballer of the history.

2010 Diego Armando         Maradona            ARG

g) Silver Olympia awarded to the best Argentine futsal player. 

Year Name                  Surname                      Club

2002 Fernando Ariel        Wilhelm                      CA River Plate               ARG
2003 Javier Gastón         Guisande                     ASD Città di Montesilvano C5 ITA
2004 Fernando Ariel        Wilhelm                      CA River Plate               ARG
2005 Santiago              Elías                        CSyD Pinocho                 ARG
2006 Leandro Esteban       Cuzzolino                      ASD Real Futsal Arzignano    ITA
2007 Edgardo Martín        Amas                         Club Ferro Carril Oeste      ARG
2008 Martín                Amas                         CSyD Pinocho                 ARG
2009 Patricio              Benes                        CSyD Pinocho                 ARG
2010 Santiago              Elías                        CSyD Pinocho                 ARG
2011 Luis                  González                     CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2012 Santiago              Elías                        CSyD Pinocho                 ARG
2013 Santiago              Basile                       CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2014 Santiago              Basile                       Kimberley AC                 ARG
2015 Santiago              Basile                       Kimberley AC                 ARG
2016 Fernando Ariel        Wilhelm                      SL Benfica                   POR
2017 Santiago              Basile                       CSyD Pinocho                 ARG
2018 Damián                Stazzone Álvarez             CA San Lorenzo de Almagro    ARG
2019 Santiago              Basile                       CA Boca Juniors              ARG
2021 Matías                Edelstein                    Sociedad Hebraica Argentina  ARG

h) Silver Olympia awarded to the best Argentine blind soccer player.
                              
Year Name                  Surname                      Club

2021 Maximiliano           Espinillo                    Atlético Medea Club          ARG


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