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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 2002 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY

%

1 Ronaldo Brazil 26.17
2 Michael Ballack Germany 17.69
3 Roberto Carlos Brazil  8.48
4 Zinedine Zidane France 5.95
5 Oliver Kahn Germany 4.87
6 Rivaldo Brazil 3.61
7 Raul Spain 3.42
8 Thierry Henry France 3.24
9 Michael Owen England 2.44
10 Ronaldinho Brazil 2.26

Ronaldo's dominating performances in the World Cup where his eight goals helped Brazil to victory led to him being awarded the Player of the Year by World Soccer. Ballack helped Germany to the final and Roberto Carlos was another member of the victorious Brazilian squad. 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
1999 Rivaldo Brazil
2000 Luis Figo Portugal
2001 Michael Owen England

 

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