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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 2003 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY

POINTS

1 Zinedine Zidane France 264
2 Thierry Henry France 186
3 Ronaldo Brazil 176
4 Pavel Nedved Czech Republic 158
5 Roberto Carlos Brazil 105
6 Ruud van Nistelrooy Holland 86
7 David Beckham England 74
8 Raul Spain 39
9 Paolo Maldini Italy 37
10 Andrej Shevchenko Ukraine 26

Zinedine Zidane joined Ronaldo as the only three-time winners of the award. Both had good seasons for Real Madrid, as did second place Thierry Henry for Arsenal. 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
2002 Ronaldo Brazil

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