The Portuguese Golden Ball (known in Portuguese as A Bola de Ouro) is an annual award given, by Portuguese newspaper A Bola , to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the year in the Primeira Liga. The first winner of the award was Eusébio, in 1991. Initially, it was a career award, but since then, the award was given to the best player in the league.
The prize is given out by Portuguese newspaper A Bola to the best player in the Portuguese Liga.
The award has been presented on 20 occasions as of 2012, with 17 different winners.
|1994||Luís Figo||Portugal||Sporting CP||Midfielder|
|2002||Mário Jardel||Brazil||Sporting CP||Forward|
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