Ronaldinho wins player of the year prize; makes South American best XI

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Ronaldinho has been named the 'King of America' by Uruguayan newspaper El Pais after helping Atletico Mineiro win the Copa Libertadores in 2013.

The prestigious prize is handed out to the best South American player that has played in the continent over the past year, with the Brazilian trickster winning the most votes from journalists on the continent ahead of runner-up Neymar.

Ronaldinho polled 156 votes, while Neymar, who joined Barcelona from Santos over the summer, claimed 81.

In third place was former Liverpool winger Maxi Rodriguez, who now plies his trade for Newell's Old Boys. He received 79 votes.

Ronaldinho has enjoyed something of an Indian summer since returning to Brazil from Europe, and is contention for a place in his country's squad for the World Cup on home soil next summer.

Indeed, because of his recent good form the 33-year-old has been linked with a move back to Europe, with Turkish outfit Besiktas working on a deal to secure his services.

There was another reason for the former Barcelona ace to celebrate after he was named in the South America team of the year, alongside the likes of Neymar and Shakhtar Donetsk ace Bernard, who was also part of the Mineiro team that won the Copa Libertadores.

Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro, who is a target for Manchester United, was also included in the team.

South America Best XI: Martin Silva, Marcos Rocha, Rever, Paolo Goltz; Maxi Rodriguez, Everton Ribeiro, Ronaldinho, Bernard; Neymar, Scocco, Jô.

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