Rio de Janeiro:Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who allowed only 19 goals and scored seven, won his second straight Brazilian league player of the year award on Monday, the Brazilian soccer confederation announced.
Ceni, whose penchant for leaving his own goal for scoring opportunities is his trademark, helped Sao Paulo claim its fifth Brasileiro and second straight title.
"It's a moment of great happiness for me. To receive awards at this level is a great honor," Ceni said upon receiving the trophy. "The message I have is that all the fan clubs live in harmony. I am only an instrument of my team."
He also won trophies for being the championship's best goalkeeper and was selected the top player with 51 percent in an Internet fan poll.
Of Ceni's seven goals, two came via free kicks and five more on penalty kicks.
Ceni was selected over Jorge Luis Valdivia, a Chilean who scored seven goals for Sao Paulo's Palmeiras, and Beto Acosta, a Uruguayan, whose 19 goals for Nautico of Pernambuco state was second only to the 20 by Josiel of Parana.