MONTEVIDEO, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Atletico Nacional forward Miguel Borja and coach Reinaldo Rueda were named South America’s best in 2016 on Saturday in the annual poll held by the Uruguayan daily El Pais.
The pair were key figures in Nacional’s victory in the region’s top club competition, the Copa Libertadores, and their progress later in the year to the final of the second-string Copa Sudamericana.
Nacional were set to meet Chapecoense in the Sudamericana final before most of the Brazilian side’s players were killed in an airplane crash in Colombia on their way to the first leg a month ago. They asked that the title should go to Chapecoense.
Manchester City-bound teenager Gabriel Jesus, who helped Palmeiras win the Brazilian Serie A title last month, was runner-up to Borja.
Brazil coach Tite, who has revived his national team’s fortunes in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, was runner-up to former Ecuador coach Rueda.
Reporting by Malena Castaldi; Writing by Rex Gowar, editing by Ed Osmond