The Santos Marinho striker takes over from ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa as king of America, according to the survey organized each year by the Uruguayan newspaper El País and released this Wednesday, in which River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo was the best on the continent for the third year in a row.
The 35th edition of the ‘King of America’ award, awarded by the historic Uruguayan newspaper, was strange for several reasons because due to the covid-19 pandemic the announcement was made via the web in March – due to the non-completion of the continental tournaments in 2020- and because the award was virtual.
Brazilian Mário Sérgio Santos Costa, who was already the best player in the 2020 Copa Libertadores, obtained 80 of the 390 votes counted in the 35th poll “America Responds to El País,” 21 more than Argentina’s Ignacio Fernández, of River Plate.
At 30 years old, he is the tenth player of that nationality to proclaim himself ‘King of America’ and repeats what already happened in 2012 with his compatriot Neymar: between 2013 and 2019, a champion of the Libertadores or the South American.
Gallardo, undisputed winner
As for the proclamation of the Argentine Marcelo Gallardo as the best coach, it was given with 211 votes, more than half of those cast, which makes it clear the prevalence of the River Plate coach among journalists.
At quite a distance, his compatriot Hernán Crespo, who was champion of the South American Cup with Defense and Justice and today is a coach of Sao Paulo.
The 2020 edition is the 35th edition of this survey by the historic Uruguayan newspaper, which has already awarded players such as Neymar, Ronaldinho, Carlos Valderrama, Enzo Francescoli, José Luis Chilavert, Cafú, Romario, Juan Sebastián Verón, Juan Román Riquelme and Carlos Tévez , among others.