After a disappointing Club World Cup in December, Ronaldinho has been elected South American Footballer of the Year in the El Pais annual vote.
In the Uruguayan newspaper’s poll, Ronaldinho finished ahead of fellow Brazilian Neymar, who left Santos for Barcelona and had won the award for the two previous years.
Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez placed third.
A World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, Ronaldinho is unlikely to win a place in the squad for the 2014 World Cup, which will be hosted by his home country.
There was also a poll for the top coaches. First, second and third place all originated from Argentina, with Jose Pekerman winning the award for the second year in a row after steering Colombia to their first World Cup finals since 1998.
Chile’s coach, Jorge Sampaoli, was second and Gerardo Martino, who left Newell’s for Barcelona in July, third.
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