RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Gómez played a key role in the victory of his Brazilian team, Palmeiras, in the final of the Copa Libertadores against Flamengo, while Valdez retired for good in a reunion match with his former teammates in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
GUSTAVO GÓMEZ, CAPTAIN OF THE CHAMPIONS
Clearing every ball that reached his area and initiating the play for his team's first goal, Gustavo Gómez was key to Palmeiras' 2-1 win over Flamengo and the Copa Libertadores title in the final played in Montevideo.
Wearing the captain's band . . .