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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 2003 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY

%

1 Pavel Nedved Czech Republic 35.9
2 Ruud van Nistelrooy Holland 9.5
3 Raul Spain 9.1
4 Paolo Maldini Italy 8.2
5 Thierry Henry France 6.1
6 Ronaldo Brazil 4.3
7 Roy Makaay Holland 4.0
8 Andrii Shevchenko Ukraine 2.8
9 Roberto Carlos Brazil 2.6
10 David Beckham England 2.1

Pavel Nedved won the award after a good season for Juventus and the Czech Republic. Van Nistelrooy helped Manchester United win the English league again. 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
2002 Ronaldo Brazil

 

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