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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 2002 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY POINTS
1 Ronaldo Brazil 387
2 Oliver Kahn Germany 171
3 Zinedine Zidane France 148
4 Roberto Carlos Brazil 114
5 Rivaldo Brazil 92
6 Raul Spain 90
7 Michael Ballack Germany 82
8 David Beckham England 51
9 Thierry Henry France 38
10 Michael Owen England 34

Ronaldo completed his sweep of all the major awards for 2002. His eight goals helped Brazil to win the World Cup. Second placed Oliver Kahn also performed impressively in goal for Germany helping them reach the final. 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
2001 Luis Figo Portugal

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

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