http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/sam-poy.html Awarded by magazine El Mundo 1971-1992 and by El Pais 1986-present. Where they overlap El Pais is considered official. [A South American player of the year has been awarded since 1971. From 1971 until 1992 the Venezuelan newspaper "El Mundo" awarded it, and it was open to any South American player. This award may be considered the official one until 1985. Since 1986 the Uruguayan newspaper El País chooses the "Rey del Fútbol de América" which has obtained official status. Only South American players of South American clubs are eligible.] I have questions about this as I've been looking at POTY awards. Is there no award since El Mundo that encompasses all South Americans regardless of club? Was just trying to get a gauge of the awards for different players but this change in rules throws the whole thing out of sync. Incidently, does anyone think the El Mundo awards played down the abilities of players in Europe as they were less well regarded by some fans than players at home were?