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World Football Report: Neymar Beats Vargas, Ganso to King of the Americas

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 18: Lionel Messi (R) of Barcelona is challenged by Neymar of Santos during the FIFA Club World Cup Final match between Santosl and Barcelona at the Yokohama International Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Yokohama, Japan.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIDecember 31, 2011

Neymar of Santos has been given the honour of being named player of the year in the Americas.

The Brazilian superstar beat of competition from Universidad de Chile's phenomenon Eduardo Vargas and fellow Santos teammate Paulo Henrique Ganso.

The voting consisted of 247 journalists from 19 different countries selecting their top three players in all the Americas.

Neymar succeeds Andrés D'Alessandro who won the award last year to keep the award in Brazil after D'Alessandro impressed so much with Internacional do Porto Alegre.

The voting has been broken down like this:


1. Neymar, Santos: 130 votes

2. Vargas, Universidad de Chile: 70

3. Ganso, Santos: 33

4. Egidio Arévalo Ríos, Tijuana: 30

5. Rolando Schiavi, Boca Juniors: 25

6. Néicer Reasco, LDU Quito: 24

6. Clemente Rodriguez, Boca Juniors: 24

8. Jhonny Herrerra, Universidad de Chile: 23

8. Juan Roman Riquelme, Boca Juniors: 23

10. Hernán Barcos, LDU Quito: 16

10. Marcos Gonzalez, Universidad de Chile: 16

12. Emiliano Papa, Velez Sarsfield: 15

12. Dedé, Vasco de Gama: 15

14. Charles Aranguiz, Universidad de Chile: 14

14. Elano, Santos: 14

16. Matías Rodríguez, Universidad de Chile: 13

16. Darío Verón, UNAM Pumas: 13

18. Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, Club America: 12

18. Danilo, Santos: 12

18. Ronaldinho, Flamengo: 12 


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