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FIFA WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

All national coaches are invited to vote for the World Player of the Year. They make their choices, first gets five points, second three points and third one point. It began in 1991 and is awarded in a gala presentation. The results in 2001 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY POINTS
1 Luis Figo Portugal 250
2 David Beckham England 238
3 Raul Spain 96
4 Zinedine Zidane France 94
5 Rivaldo Brazil 92
6 Juan Sebastian Veron Argentina 71
7 Oliver Kahn Germany 65
8 Michael Owen England 61
9 Andrii Shevchenko Ukraine 46
10 Francesco Totti Italy 40

Luis Figo came close to winning in 2000 finishing second behind Zidane. This year he went one better and won the award after helping Portugal qualify for the World Cup and playing well for Real Madrid. Beckham and Raul also helped their countries through to the World Cup with impressive form. Previous winners of the award are:

YEAR NAME NATIONALITY
1991 Lothar Matthaus Germany
1992 Marco Van Basten Holland
1993 Roberto Baggio Italy
1994 Romario Brazil
1995 George Weah Liberia
1996 Ronaldo Brazil
1997 Ronaldo Brazil
1998 Zinedine Zidane France
1999 Rivaldo Brazil
2000 Zinedine Zidane France

Click here to go to the 1999 FIFA World Player of the Year page

Click here to go to the 2000 FIFA World Player of the Year page

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