Estudiantes Star Juan Sebastian Veron Named South American Player Of 2009

The 34-year-old has claimed the prestigious accolade for the second year running.
Estudiantes de La Plata midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron has been voted the best South American footballer of 2009 by leading Uruguayan newspaper El Pais.

It is the second time the Argentina international received this prestigious award as he also came out on top last year after leading his club to Copa Libertadores glory.

‘La Brujita’ won by a landslide margin ahead of Chilean striker Humberto Suazo and Ecuadorian midfielder Edison Mendez.

Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa won the gong for best South American tactician.

Final standings:

109 votes: Juan Sebastián Verón
64 Edison Méndez
64 Humberto Suazo
52 Leandro Desábato
48 Claudio Bieler
45 Salvador Cabañas
45 Nicolás Lodeiro
43 Nicolás Otamendi
43 Miguel Pinto
42 Néicer Reasco
40 Gary Medel
35 Mauro Boselli
35 Guillermo Ochoa
28 Enrique Vera
25 Darío Conca
20 Santiago Silva
20 Aldo Bobadilla
19 Claudio Morel
18 Rolando Schiavi
17 Adriano

Vince Masiello, Goal.com