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Samba Gold 2022 Trophy

The 15th edition of Samba Gold is full of news! The award is given to the best Brazilian playing outside Brazil, regardless of the continent. In 2021, the women’s award made its debut. And this year, Samba Gold presents the newest Under-20 category, which will choose the outstanding youngster of the year in the country or abroad!

Winners - Samba Gold 2021

Soon, we will announce the lists of nominees in all categories.

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Our history

Samba Gold was created by Samba Agency (Sambafoot) in 2008 and had former midfielder Kaká as its first winner. In the last edition, star player Neymar Jr. took home the trophy and became the biggest winner in the history of the award, with five accolades in total. Thiago Silva occupies the second position in the historical ranking, with three awards.
Initially intended exclusively for men’s football, Samba Gold grows every year, and today includes three categories: men’s, women’s, and the new under-20.

At first, the award considered the performance of athletes in European territory only. In 2021, it was expanded to all continents.

Trophy given to the winners


Learn more about each of the Samba Gold categories


Choose the best Brazilian playing outside the country


Choose your favorite player to win the 2nd edition of the category

Under-20 New

Learn all about the newest Samba Gold category

How the polls work

The Samba Gold voting system has news for this edition.

Electoral College

Formed by a select group of professionals linked to the world of football, the Electoral College is responsible for choosing nominees in the three categories.

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Public voting

The choice of winners is made through public voting. Once voting starts, everyone can choose their favorite in each category.

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VIP voters

It’s our special guests who, just like in public voting, also vote for their favorite athletes. All votes have the same weight.

The Rules


- Samba Gold

The goal is to nominate the 20 most outstanding Brazilian men and women in the year playing outside the country, in addition to the 20 most prominent Brazilian under-20 players in 2022 in Brazil or abroad. The award takes into account an athlete’s statistics, achievements and overall impact on their club from the start to the end of the year.


- Appointments

The lists of nominees in each category are made up of 20 male, 20 female and 20 under-20 names, and will be released on December 20, 2022. Members of the Electoral College are responsible for nominating players in the three categories.


- Voters

Samba Gold 2022 voters belong to two distinct groups: the first, via public voting, are readers, users and followers of the Sambafoot website; the second, VIP voters, is made up of special guests from the Sambafoot team. The votes of both groups have the same weight.


- Voting process

Voting for the three categories of Samba Gold 2022 starts on January 3, 2023, and ends on January 31, 2023. Each voter will be able to choose one (1) candidate from each category as their favorite to win this edition.


- The Trophy

The Samba Gold 2022 custom trophy will be delivered by Sambafoot directly to the three winners – male, female and under-20. The first places will have their names revealed on February 15, 2023. The announcement will be made through Sambafoot’s website and social networks and on the Samba Gold page.

In the media

See Samba Gold highlighted in the main communication vehicles

Neymar conquista o troféu ‘Samba de Ouro’ pela quinta vez

Samba Gold: Neymar vence o prêmio de melhor jogador brasileiro atuando no exterior

‘Samba Gold’: Neymar é eleito pela quinta vez o melhor jogador brasileiro na Europa

Neymar ganha Samba de Ouro de melhor jogador brasileiro que atua fora do país em 2021

See Samba Gold highlighted in the main communication vehicles