Gremio’s Luan wins South American Footballer of the Year award
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2017 proved to be a phenomenal year for Brazilian football in general as the national team breezed through CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying and Gremio won the Copa Libertadores. To add to this success it was announced this Sunday that Gremio’s Luan won the South American footballer of the year award. The award is decided by a vote by several renowned journalists and is awarded by Uruguayan news outlet, El Pais.
Gremio achieved its third-ever Copa Libertadores title in 2017, its first since 1995 and Luan played a huge role in the title-run with eight goals throughout the competition. The Sao Paulo native inclusively scored six goals in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and helped his team massively achieve a fourth-place finish.
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The three finalist for the award all play in Brazil as Luan finished ahead of Flamengo’s Peruvian striker, Paolo Guerrero and his Gremio teammate Arthur. The 24-year-old forward joins other notable countrymen that have won the award like Pele, Ronaldinho and Neymar.
Of course, several European teams are still in the hunt for both Luan and Arthur from Gremio and both seem to have an extremely bright future ahead of them.