The PSG defender and captain is among the nominees for the 2023 Samba Gold award, which is granted to the male and female Brazilian player of the year.
The Samba Gold award is celebrating its 16th edition this year with a strong list of nominees and a little change: originally reserved for players based in Europe, the award has now expanded its scope to include players from any country, including Brazil.
Created in 2008 by Samba Agency (now known as Sambafoot), the Samba Gold award had its first winner in the form of ex-midfielder Kaká. Last year, it was Neymar Jr. who took home the men’s prize for the sixth time, thereby becoming the player to have won it the most times in its history. On the women’s side of things, the 2022 winner was Debinha, while last year’s U20 award was taken home by Endrick, Palmeiras’s hot prospect who is set to join Real Madrid in 2024.
This year, the award boasts ten nominees in each category, with the Sambafoot team having analysed players’ stats, roles, sporting achievements and overall impact on their respective clubs in order to establish the award’s official list of nominees.
Voting will be open until 20th November 2023, with the public able to pick one nominee from each category as their favourite.