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We are now just weeks away from the announcement of the prestigious Goal 50 accolade as we reward the best individual performers of the 2012-13 season.

Since our last Goal 50 was presented in July 2012 to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, there have been a number of other individual prizes handed out across the world.

Below, we list 50 of the most prominent from around the globe.

Award Winner
 Africa-based Player of the Year  Mohamed Aboutrika (Al-Ahly)
 CAF Champions League Golden Boot (2012)  Emmanuel Clottey (Berekum Chelsea)
 African Footballer of the Year  Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
 Africa Cup of Nations Best Player  Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso)
 Africa Cup of Natons Top Goalscorer (Shared)  E Emenike (NIG)/W Mubarak (GHA)
Award Winner
 Copa Libertadores Best Player (2012) Emerson (Corinthians)
 Copa Libertadores Golden Boot (2012) [Shared] Neymar (Santos)/Matias Alustiza (Deportivo Quito)
 CONCACAF Champions League Best Player Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey)
 MLS MVP Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
 Liga MX Top Goalscorer Christian Benitez (Club America)
Campeonato Brasileiro Golden Boot Fred (Fluminense)
Argentina Primera Division Golden Boot Ignacio Scocco (Newell’s Old Boys)
Canadian Championship Best Player Justin Mapp (Montreal Impact)
Ecuador Serie A Top Goalscorer Narciso Mina (Club America)
Colombia Liga Postobon Golden Boot Robin Ramirez (Deportes Tolima)
Award Winner
 AFC Player of the Year  Lee Keun-Ho (Ulsan Hyundai)
 AFC Asian International Player of the Year  Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United)
 AFC Foreign Player of the Year  Rogerinho (Kuwait SC)
 AFC Champions League Best Player  Lee Keun-Ho (Ulsan Hyundai)
 J-League Golden Boot  Hisato Sato (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
 K-League Golden Boot  Dejan Damjanovic (FC Seoul)
 A-League Golden Boot  Daniel McBreen (Central Coast Mariners)
 OFC Champions League Golden Ball  Sanni Issa (Ba FC)
Award Winner
Champions League Golden Boot  Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Europa League Golden Boot  Libor Kozak (Lazio)
European Golden Shoe  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
European Golden Boy  Isco (Malaga)
Premier League Footballer of the Year  Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
PFA Player of the Season  Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
Premier League Golden Boot  Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
Premier League Golden Glove  Joe Hart (Manchester City)
La Liga Player of the Season  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
La Liga Golden Boot  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
La Liga Zamora Trophy  Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid)
Serie A Golden Boot  Edinson Cavani (Napoli)
Bundesliga Player of the Season  Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Bundesliga Golden Boot  Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen)
Ligue 1 Player of the Season  Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain)
Ligue 1 Golden Boot  Zlatan Ibrahmovic (Paris Saint-Germain)
Russian Premier League Golden Boot (Shared)  Wanderson (Krasnodar)/Y Movsisyan (Spartak)
Eredivisie Player of the Year  Wilfried Bony (Vitesse)
Eredivisie Golden Boot  Wilfried Bony (Vitesse)
Scotland PFA Player of the Year  Michael Higdon (Motherwell)
Award Winner
 Fifa Ballon d’Or  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
 Confederations Cup Golden Ball  Neymar (Brazil)
 Confederations Cup Golden Boot  Fernando Torres (Spain)
 Confederations Cup Golden Glove  Julio Cesar (Brazil)
 Club World Cup Player of the Tournament  Cassio (Corinthians)
 Club World Cup Golden Boot  Hisato Sato (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
 Fifa Puskas Award  Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce)

As ever when it comes to individual recognition, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will feature prominently in any consideration for honours.

Messi was the winner of the Ballon d’Or last year, while he was also named as the top player in Spain. His goalscoring exploits saw him win the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe in what was another prolific year for the Argentine.

Ronaldo may have been outshone when it came to those honours but the Portuguese star did outscore Messi 12 to eight to pick up the Champions League Golden Boot as both Real Madrid and Barcelona reached the semi-finals.

Bayern Munich were the team of the season in Europe with their treble success and it was winger Franck Ribery who was voted player of the year in Germany by his fellow professionals.

Gareth Bale picked up the major individual prizes in England after a tremendous campaign for Tottenham, while it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who scooped up Player of the Season and top goalscorer honours in France.

In Italy, Edinson Cavani’s 29 league goals were enough to earn him the Serie A Golden Boot.

From South America, Neymar is perhaps the top candidate for Goal 50 recognition leading up to the announcement of the award. The attacking star may be wearing Barcelona colours from next season but made his mark in 2012-13 for Santos and Brazil.

He tied for the Golden Boot in the 2012 Copa Libertadores and went on to win the Golden Ball at the Confederations Cup – scoring some spectacular goals along the way – to round off an impressive 12 months.

International team-mate Julio Cesar was voted as the top goalkeeper at the Confeds while another colleague Fred was top scorer in the Brazilian league as his 20 domestic goals led Fluminense to the title.

Ignacio Scocco was in fine goalscoring form in Argentina, while Hisato Sato and Lee Keun-Ho were amongst the standout performers in Asia.



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