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my picks:

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2. Diego Milito (Genoa/Inter)
3. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid)

Defender of the Year:
1. Walter Samuel (Inter)
2. Javier Zanetti (Inter)
3. Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich)
4. Cristian Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan)
5. Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield)

Midfielder of the Year (including DMs, CMs, Wingers, and AMs)
1. Esteban Cambiasso (Inter)
2. Javier Mascherano (Liverpool)
3. Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes)
4. Angel Di Maria (Benfica)
5. Lucho Gonzalez (Porto/Marseille)

Forward of the Year
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2. Diego Milito (Genoa/Inter)
3. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid)
4. Licha Lopez (Lyon/Porto)
5. Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes)

these lists are primarily based on club form...Sergio Aguero had an inconsistent injury-ridden year while Tevez only started hitting strides at the end of the year...Mauro Boselli is in there for being a major protagonist for Estudiantes in the Copa Libertadores championship...ditto Veron

Rejuvenated Player of the Year: Chori Dominguez :eek:

Disappointment of the Year: Carlos Tevez and Fernando Gago

Best Player for the NT: Angel Di Maria

Worst Player for the NT: Gabriel Heinze, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Gago
Honorable Mentions: Rolando Schiavi

Most Improved Player of the Year:
1. Gonzalo Higuain = from a poor finisher to a cold-blooded one
2. Ever Banega = from a reckless prima-dona to a world class regista (Italian term)
3. Diego Buonanotte = from a moody dribbler to a complete player (passing, free kicks, team play)

Forerunners for next year's edition:
usual suspects + Ever Banega, Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore
 

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my choice for player of the year 2009 is Lionel Messi. I think he has no competition seriously.

Defender of the year:

Samuel won the Serie A.
Ansaldi won the Russian league and also put in a string of good performances in the CL.
JZ also played as a midfielder.

My choice is Christian ANSALDI. (If I had not got to watch him play the CL, then I would have voted for Samuel.)

Midfielder of the Year:
Cambiasso- consistent in the Serie A but didn't prove himself in the CL.
Mascherano-Had some very bad times with Liverpool, but still nothing spectacular.
Lucho-Captained Porto to their 4th consecutive league title and he was at the heart of it. After a shaky start, he has also doing very well for Marseille.

My choice: Lucho Gonzalez.


Forward of the Year:

Milito: Scored a lot of goals for Genoa and then made a brilliant start for Inter despite the pressure.
Messi: Top-scoring Argentine in Europe.
Higuain: Finished the second of last season very well, but had a bad start to this campaign and also has found the CL very difficult. Not a finished material by any means as last night's match against Sevilla proves.
Licha: Goals dried up in the second half of last season for Porto. Though he made a bright start with Lyon, he has again found goals hard to come by. Very Average 2009.
Boselli: Haven't watched him play.

My Choice: Lionel Messi


Flops of the year:
First Place: Sergio Aguero (another Saviola??)
Second Place: Gago (Has completely lost it)
Third: Carlos Tevez (scored a total of around 8 or 9 Premier league goals in the entire year; even some defenders score that many goals)

Revelation of the Year:
Alejandro Dominguez.

Rejuvenated player of the year:
I would include Benega and Saviola here.


We can include another category called New Face of the Year.
 

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New Face of the Year: Javier Pastore

Runner Ups: Matias De Federico and Nicolas Otamendi (too underrated and vilified, but is a great defender)
 

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I really don't know about Tevez.
I love the guy but i think he doesn't have it to perform in the WC.
I mean 53 games and 8 goals (Wiki) isn't good for a striker.
Maybe he should play more like that:

-------------Masche---------Veron------------
Messi----------------Tevez-----------Di Maria
------------------Milito/Higuain----------------
 
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