Neymar wins his first Samba Gold
The FC Barcelona striker, Neymar, has won the Samba Gold for the first time. The prize is the annual election of the best Brazilian player in Europe. The new captain of the Seleção left his competitors far behind with 29.20% of the votes. It was the first time that Neymar participated since the existence of the trophy in 2008. He succeeds PSG defender Thiago Silva, who won the last three editions.
Miranda, defender of Atlético Madrid and a regular at the back of the Brazilian team, finished in second place. The former Sochaux player is closely followed by midfielder Felipe Melo from Galatasaray, accustomed to ending at the top of the standings with a massive mobilization of Galatasaray supporters.
With 11 goals in 13 official matches with Barcelona this season, the former Santos player performs a good season on the old continent despite the tragic elimination of Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.
Neymar was able to count on the participation of nearly 180,000 users, a record since the birth of 'Samba d’Or'. A panel of international journalists (Paulo Vinicius Coelho, Andy Brassel, Tancredi Palmeri) and eleven Brazilian former internationals (Taffarel, Junior, Juninho Pernambucano) also contributed to elect the Auriverde star.
The winner will receive the Samba Gold trophy 2014 in Barcelona in February.
Votes of the Journalists:
Nicolas Villas (Ma Chaine Sport): Neymar-Miranda-Thiago Silva
Rodrigo Cerqueira (Lancenet): Neymar-Willian-Miranda
Eric Frosio (L'Equipe): Neymar-Miranda-Willian
Paulo Vinicius Coelho (Fox Sports): Neymar-Miranda-Thiago Silva
Frédéric Harmel (RMC): Miranda-Neymar-Filipe Luis
Emmanuel Bocquet (Onze Mondial): Neymar-Miranda-Oscar
Alexander Goldenberg (TV 1+1 - Ukraine): Neymar-Thiago Silva-Oscar
Leonardo Bertozzi (ESPN Brasil): Miranda-Firmino-Coutinho
Andy Brassel (Guardian): Neymar-Miranda-Fabinho
Tancredi Palmeri (BeIN Italia): Miranda-Filipe Luis-Luiz Adriano
Thiago Dias (Globo Esporte): Willian-Neymar-Miranda
Former Players Ranking:
Votes of former players:
Oscar (Seleção 82): Neymar-Willian-David Luiz
Junior (Seleção 82): Neymar-Willian-Miranda
Luizão (Seleção 2002): Miranda-Neymar-Willian
Cris (Seleção 2006): Miranda-Neymar-Lucas
Juninho Pernambucano (Seleção 2006): Lucas-Neymar-Marquinhos
Taffarel (Seleção 94): Miranda-Coutinho-Douglas Costa
Mozer (Seleção 90): Neymar-Willian-Oscar
Edinho (Seleção 86): Willian-Fernandinho-Filipe Luis
Ricardo Gomes (Seleção 90): Neymar-Lucas-Coutinho
Paulo César (Seleção 2002): Neymar-David Luiz-Willian
Odair Patriarca (Seleção 1978): Neymar-Lucas-Douglas Costa