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Thiago Silva retains the Samba Gold Trophy 2012

Thiago Silva with his 2011 Samba Gold award -
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Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has been voted the best Brazilian player in Europe for the second year in succession, winning the Samba Gold trophy 2012.

Thiago, who moved from AC Milan to PSG this summer, held off a strong challenge from Chelsea star Ramires to retain his crown, with Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian in a well-deserved third place.

It is the first time in the five year history of the title that an athlete has won for the second time and it is also the first time that a player based in France has won the award.

The defender recieved 17.70% of the overall vote, with Chelsea's Ramires just coming up short with 17.04% of the vote. Willian scored 10.19% overall.

Over 140,000 votes were cast, as well as those of 10 renowned journalists and 11 former Brazil internationals, with just over half of one percentage point eventually separating our winner from his nearest rival.

In February 2013, Thiago Silva will receive his award in a ceremony in Paris.

 

The overall standings:

 

  • 1. Thiago Silva - PSG 17.70%
  • 2. Ramires - Chelsea 17.04%
  • 3. Willian - Shakhtar Donetsk 10.19%
  • 4. Felipe Melo - Galatasaray 7.02%
  • 5. David Luiz - Chelsea 6.71%
  • 6. Marcelo - Real Madrid 5.01%
  • 7. Fernandinho - Shakhtar Donetsk 4.58%
  • 8. Hulk - Zenit 4.08%
  • 9. Hernanes - Lazio 3.67%
  • 10. Rafael - Manchester United 3.55%
  • 11. Diego - Wolfsburg 3.35%
  • 12. Adriano - FC Barcelona 2.52%
  • 13. Dante - Bayern 2.28%
  • 14. Daniel Alves - FC Barcelona 2.00%
  • 15. Giuliano - Dnipro 1.76%
  • 16. Lima - Benfica 1.71%
  • 17. Alex Teixeira - Shakhtar Donetsk 1.01%
  • 18. Taison - Metalist 0.95%
  • 19. Alan - Sporting Braga 0.68%
  • 20. Cleiton Xavier - Metalist 0.65%
  • 21. Nenê - Paris SG 0.64%
  • 22. Hilton - Montpellier 0.52%
  • 23. Miranda - Atlético Madrid 0.44%
  • 24. Luiz Gustavo - Bayern 0.43%
  • 25. Sandro - Tottenham 0.37%
  • 26. Filipe Luís - Atlético Madrid 0.32%
  • 27. Fernando - FC Porto 0.26%
  • 28. Jonas - Valencia 0.24%
  • 29. Diego Alves - Valencia 0.16%
  • 30. Maicon - FC Porto 0.16%

 

The vote of 140.000 internet users:

  • 1. Felipe Melo 18.04%
  • 2. Rafael 12.98%
  • 3. Hulk 10.00%
  • 4. Willian 8.95%
  • 5. Lima 6.25%
  • 6. Fernandinho 5.67%
  • 7. Thiago Silva 5.62%
  • 8. Daniel Alves 4.86%
  • 9. David Luiz 4.85%
  • 10. Marcelo 4.78%
  • 11. Alex Teixeira 3.68%
  • 12. Taison 3.48%
  • 13. Ramires 3.20%
  • 14. Adriano 3.08%
  • 15. Giuliano 2.73%
  • 16. Alan 2.49%
  • 17. Cleiton Xavier 2.38%
  • 18. Hernanes 2.35%
  • 19. Nenê 2.33%
  • 20. Hilton 1.92%
  • 21. Sandro 1.37%
  • 22. Diego 1.19%
  • 23. Filipe Luís 1.18%
  • 24. Fernando 0.95%
  • 25. Dante 0.93%
  • 26. Jonas 0.86%
  • 27. Diego Alves 0.60%
  • 28. Maicon 0.58%
  • 29. Miranda 0.39%
  • 30. Luiz Gustavo 0.36%

 

The journalist vote: 


  • 1. Thiago Silva 32.00%
  • 2. Ramires 29.33%
  • 3. Willian 17.33%
  • 4. Marcelo 14.67%
  • 5. Hernanes 9.33%
  • 6. Diego 8.00%
  • 7. Fernandinho 5.33%
  • 8. Felipe Melo 4.00%
  • 9. Giuliano 4.00%
  • 10. Dante 4.00%
  • 11. David Luiz 2.67%
  • 12. Miranda 1.33%

 

  • Paulo Vinicius Coelho (Brazil) ESPN: Thiago Silva-Marcelo-Hernanes
  • Tino Marcos (Brazil) Globo: Willian-Marcelo-Ramires
  • Marcos Felipe (Brazil) Globo Esporte: Marcelo-Felipe Melo-David Luiz
  • Rodrigo Cerqueira (Brazil) Lancenet: Thiago Silva-Ramires-Willian
  • Tancredi Palmeri (Italy) Gazetta dello Sport: Ramires-Willian-Hernanes
  • Juni Calafate (Spain) C+ España: Diego-Willian-Miranda
  • Didier Roustand (France) L'Equipe TV: Thiago Silva-Ramires-Diego
  • Alexander Goldenberg (Ukraine) TV2+2: Ramires-Giuliano-Willian
  • Gerd Wenzel (Germany) ESPN Germany: Thiago Silva-Dante-David Luiz
  • Andy Brassell (England) BBC: Ramires- Thiago Silva-Fernandinho
  • Tim Vickery (England) BBC: Hernanes-Fernandinho-Thiago Silva

 

The VIP Seleção vote:


  • 1. Ramires - 35.62%
  • 2. Thiago Silva - 32.88%
  • 3. David Luiz - 19.18%
  • 4. Willian - 13.70%
  • 5. Fernandinho - 6.85%
  • 6. Adriano - 6.85%
  • 7. Hulk - 5.48%
  • 8. Diego - 4.11%
  • 9. Dante - 4.11%
  • 10. Daniel Alves - 2.74%
  • 11. Hernanes - 2.74%
  • 12. Luiz Gustavo - 1.37%

 

  • Oscar (CM 1982) David Luiz-Thiago Silva-Daniel Alves
  • Marcio Amoroso (Seleção 1997): Willian-Ramires-Luis Gustavo
  • Andre Cruz (Seleção 1997): Ramires-David Luiz-Hulk
  • Carlos Alberto Torres (CM 1970): Thiago Silva-Ramires-Hernanes
  • Cris (CM2006): Ramires-Dante-Thiago Silva
  • Junior (CM 1982): Willian-Thiago Silva-Hulk
  • Paulo César Caju (CM 1970): Thiago Silva-Diego-Hernanes
  • Zinho (CM 1994): Ramires-Thiago Silva-Daniel Alves
  • Edinho (CM 1982): Fernandinho-David Luiz-Thiago Silva
  • Claudio Caçapa (Seleção 2000): Ramires-Thiago Silva-Hulk
  • Odair Patriarca (Seleção 1991): Adriano-David Luiz-Hulk

 

Samba Gold Roll of Honour:

 

  • 2012: Thiago Silva (PSG)
  • 2011: Thiago Silva (AC Milan)
  • 2010: Maicon (Inter Milan)
  • 2009: Luis Fabiano (Sevilla)
  • 2008: Kaka (AC Milan)
 
 

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