|Champions Cruzeiro (2nd title)|
Champion Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Top scorer Alberto Acosta
Goals scored 247
|Runners-up Sporting Cristal|
Dates 19 Feb 1997 – 13 Aug 1997
Matches played 90
|Similar 1998 Copa Libertadores, 1996 Copa Libertadores, 1976 Copa Libertadores, 1995 Copa Libertadores, 1994 Copa Libertadores|
The 1997 edition of Copa Libertadores was won by Cruzeiro of Brazil, after defeating Sporting Cristal of Peru in the final. The Brazilian team also won the tournament in 1976. Cruzeiro's 1997 championship is the only time any club has won the Libertadores after losing the first 3 matches in the competition.
River Plate bye to the second round as holders.