The Olympic champ spearheaded a night of satisfaction for his club, as Santos took home eight of 22 trophies at Mexico's seasonal trophy giveaway recognizing the league's best.¡Ahora, lee Goal.com USA en Español!
Oribe Peralta has a new trophy to accompany his Olympic gold medal. The Santos Laguna striker was voted the Liga MX's MVP as well as the league's best striker at the Balon de Oro awards in Mexico City.
The trophy presentation, which celebrates the league's best and brightest, gave out 22 awards, eight of which were won by Peralta's club, Santos Laguna.
Manager Benjamin Galindo was voted Coach of the Year, while Ivan Estrada won Best Wing Back. Juan Pablo Rodriguez took home Best Defensive Midfielder honors, and Luis Orozco was voted Best Physical Trainer. Peralta's two trophies made it six, while group honors were doled out for the team's first place regular season finish as well as the Clausura 2012 championship itself.
Monterrey's Juan Pablo Basanta won Best Center Back, and the Rayados also took home the Fair Play award as well as recognition for their U-13 title.
Jose de Jesus Corona, Peralta's fellow Olympian, won Best Goalkeeper in a heated trio that included Santos' Oswaldo Sanchez and Tijuana's Cirilo Saucedo.
Ivan Alonso and Christian Benitez won trophies for sharing top goalscoring honors in the previous tournament. An emotional Alonso once more talked about how he had to step away from the game due to a heart condition following the Clausura 2012.
Lucas Lobos won Best Offensive Midfielder, as the Tigres man took home his third consecutive trophy in that category.
Pachuca's Marco Bueno, a U-17 World Champion in 2011, won Rookie of the Tournament honors. Finally, the entire U-23 Olympic gold medal team took the podium to an uproar of applause, with manager Luis Fernando Tena accepting the evening's last award.