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Cannavaro wins European Footballer of the Year Award (Ballon d’Or)

November 28, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

Hi all,
Finally Ronaldinho has been stripped off his title, which he held for 2 yrs consecutively. The guy who has done that truly deserves it.

Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro won recognition for his stunning World Cup performance as Italy skipper by winning the prestigious European Footballer of the Year Award (Ballon d’Or) on Monday. The 33-year-old Neapolitan succeeds Barcelona star Ronaldinho, winner of last year’s award, but who placed fourth this time largely as a result of his World Cup performance as Brazil crashed in the quarter-finals to France.

Cannavaro with 173 points took the honour ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (124) of Italy and Arsenal’s French striker Thierry Henry (121).

France’s Zinedine Zidane, who retired after reaching the World Cup finals, placed fifth with 71 points.

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  1. HP
    November 28, 2006 at 11:36 am

    Wooh!! Cool!!
    So, finally the ppl are looking beyond strikers and all…
    Cannavaro is certainly deserving and all…The way he performed in the World Cup was just awesome..

    And, certainly glad that the over-hyped Henry didn’t win anything 🙂


  2. November 28, 2006 at 1:30 pm

    Yeah man he really deserved it…
    I wonder y did they even suggest Henry’s name for the Award.


  3. Snehal
    November 29, 2006 at 7:07 am

    I guess Zidane should hav been higher up considering his performances were better in the international matches .
    Henry !!! y was he even there in 2nd place?????

  4. November 29, 2006 at 8:21 am


    I guess they consider all the matches for the award… Even your Club performance(say it in Saroj Khans accent…) is considered.
    Btw Henry was placed 3rd… but i got ur point…


    Correct me if am wrong..


  5. HP
    November 30, 2006 at 8:31 am


    Nopes..You are perfectly right! I had told Snehal about this yesterday but I guess he had posted earlier 🙂


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