Gallardo and Pity Martínez: the best in America River’s coach and former player were given their respective awards after coming first in a survey carried out by the Uruguayan newspaper El País.

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On Tuesday night, Marcelo Gallardo and Gonzalo Martínez received their awards for America’s 2019 best coach and best player respectively, in Uruguay.

“I want to give a shout-out to the group of people working with me, to all the players we had this year, and to River’s authorities, who gave me the opportunity to grow as a coach,” America’s champion’s manager said. Furthermore, he gave a shout-out to Rodrigo Mora, who recently retired from professional football: “He is not only an excellent professional, but also an excellent human being. He’s retiring from football and I want to share this award with him, whom I hold very dear.”

On the other hand, president Rodolfo D’Onofrio was in charge of accepting the honour on behalf of the five River players chosen to be part of America’s dream team: Franco Armani, Jonatan Maidana, Exequiel Palacios, Juan Quintero, and Gonzalo Martínez.