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"WORLD SOCCER"  WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This award begun in 1982 and is voted on by the readers of World Soccer magazine. The results in 1999 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY

%

1 Rivaldo Brazil 42.27
2 David Beckham England 26.55
3 Andrii Shevchenko Ukraine 9.02
4 Roy Keane Republic of Ireland 2.84
5 Dwight Yorke Trinidad & Tobago 2.06
6 Christian Vieri Italy 1.55
7 Raul Gonzalez Spain 1.29
8 Nwankwo Kanu Nigeria 1.03
Gabriel Batistuta Argentina 1.03
Juan Veron Argentina 1.03

The winner, Rivaldo, finished with one of the most clear majorities in the history of the award. This reflected his performances for Barcelona and Brazil throughout 1999. Three of the top five come from Manchester United who completed the treble in 1999 with David Beckham the best in second.  Previous winners of the award are:

YEAR NAME NATIONALITY
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy
1983 Zico Brazil
1984 Michel Platini France
1985 Michel Platini France
1986 Diego Maradona Argentina
1987 Ruud Gullit Holland
1988 Marco Van Basten Holland
1989 Ruud Gullit Holland
1990 Lothar Matthaus Germany
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin France
1992 Marco Van Basten Holland
1993 Roberto Baggio Italy
1994 Paolo Maldini Italy
1995 Gianluca Vialli Italy
1996 Ronaldo Brazil
1997 Ronaldo Brazil
1998 Zinedine Zidane France

 

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