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Dec 18th, 2002, 01:05 AM
Brazil's Ronaldo is surrounded by press after winning the FIFA world player award at the FIFA World Player Gala 2002 in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002

Real Madrid's Brazilian (news - web sites) striker Ronaldo holds his award for Best Player of the year during the FIFA World player Gala in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Dec. 17, 2002.

Brazilian (news - web sites) striker Ronaldo, left, receives the Golden Shoe award from Real Madrid Director Amancio Amaro, center, as Silver Shoe winner Rivaldo, of Brazil, looks on during the FIFA World Player Gala in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Dec. 17, 2002

German Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, left, smiles with his Golden Ball award as Brazilian (news - web sites) striker Ronaldo holds his Silver Ball award during the FIFA World Player Gala in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002.

Real Madrid's player Zinedine Zidane holds his award for the third best player of the year during the FIFA World Player Gala in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002

Ronaldo named FIFA Player of the Year for record third time

Dec 17, 2002 4:05 p.m.

MADRID (Ticker) - Ronaldo officially is back on top of the soccer world.

The Brazilian striker, who returned from injury to register a tournament-best eight goals and help his country win the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, on Tuesday was named the men's FIFA World Player of the Year.

Ronaldo was sidelined for much of three seasons while recovering from multiple knee surgeries before starring for the 'Selecao' during the summer. He scored twice in the second half on June 30, when Brazil defeated Germany, 2-0, and captured a record fifth World Cup title in Yokohama, Japan.

Oliver Kahn, the goalkeeper for Germany and Bayern Munich, was the runner-up to Ronaldo, trailing in the poll 387 points to 171.

The 26-year-old Ronaldo and Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane (141 points) - the Frenchman who finished third in the 2002 poll - are the only players to receive the honor more than once since the award's inaugural year of 1991.

nasty nick#2
Dec 18th, 2002, 11:33 AM
I think it all was a big joke, they should have rated the players after the whole season and not just after a few world cup matches. Ronaldo was decent for Inter the few games he played, he was good in the world cup and become the top scorer but with Real Madrid he's been quite bad. They should take a closer look at all missed chances, all bad games etc. and not only the goals. Ronaldo had a very strong team( Brazil) with many good players around him that made the assists, maybe the player of the year was better suited to a certain Rivaldo. Helped Barca to the CL, Made a good world cup and has been wonderful for Milan. The hype with Ronaldo made him win this price not the qualities he proved.

Dec 18th, 2002, 01:05 PM
So you would've chosen Rivaldo? As you know, the World Cup is the biggest stage in the sport and Ronaldo just outplayed everyone by a long shot. I agree with the voting in order of Ronaldo, Oliver Kahn and Zidane.

Dec 18th, 2002, 01:42 PM
RONALDO :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :D :D :D :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

nasty nick#2
Dec 18th, 2002, 01:58 PM
Ronaldo was injured for half of the season. He got back played some games for Inter, played in the world cup where he had a million good players around him. he scored 7 or 8 goals that's good, but most of them were piece of cake. You have to take a look at who stood for the assists to. Brazil didn't play many good nations in the wc either, China, Costa Rica, come on?. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid where he's been garbage most of the times.

The world cup is probably the best thing a player can win, yes. But the CL is so much tougher, here u don't play b-nations, here u play good teams all the time. Zidane won the CL with Real Madrid the previous season, and he made the decisive goal which was one of the best and most difficult of the season. It's no his fault he was injured in 2/3 world cup games. Zidane was the most influentual member of Real Madrid and the French national team, Ronaldo wasn't for Brazil nor Inter. He scored some goals, but so what, a forwards duty is to score. Instead we should take a look at the players behind the winning assists, the players who can lift their teams, those players Zidane/Rivaldo etc. are players that deserve the award more.

Dec 18th, 2002, 02:19 PM
Nick, it has been like this forever; nothing new at all. When it comes to marketing Beckham, Ronaldo, and Zidane will always win over players like Raul, Rivaldo, Ballack and Robert Carlos since their maketing value isn't as high and for some reason they choose to make the big stars even bigger.

Besides, a guy like Roberto Carlos who won everything possible this year can't win, just goes to prove how f*cked up this award is. :eek:

Dec 18th, 2002, 02:24 PM
Ronaldo and Zidane have done nothing all year apart from a brief period of brilliance
Zidane scored in the Champions League Final but has been injured for most of time, missed France's 1st two WC games

Ronaldo has only played 18 matches for his clubs in 2002 :o

Roberto Carlos should have got it.

Dec 18th, 2002, 02:31 PM
Does it make him a greater player than Pele or Maradona? I doubt so..

Dec 18th, 2002, 03:30 PM
He hasnt done the best this year but it was great to see him come back from such terrible injuries :bounce:

Dec 18th, 2002, 07:25 PM
If I'm not mistaken, Ronaldo set a record for MOST goals scored in a World Cup. He simply was fantastic.

Congrats Ronaldo!! I hope you win the award again next year too. :)

Dec 18th, 2002, 07:34 PM
Originally posted by CHOCO
If I'm not mistaken, Ronaldo set a record for MOST goals scored in a World Cup. He simply was fantastic.

Congrats Ronaldo!! I hope you win the award again next year too. :)

You are in fact mistaken, because the record for most goals in a World Cup is 13 by Jus Fontane of France. :)

Dec 18th, 2002, 07:45 PM
MrV - Indeed you are correct. :) I stand corrected.

Ronaldo adds World Player of the Year to European award

Ronaldo completed a clean sweep of football's end-of-year awards when he was named the FIFA 2002 World Player of the Year for the third time.

Winner in 1996 and 1997, the Brazilian striker scooped France Football's Ballon d'Or award for the European Footballer of the Year on Monday and was honoured last week as World Soccer magazine's player of 2002.

In fewer games than most professionals manage to cram into a couple of months of the season, Ronaldo forced his way to the head of the queue for the prestigious awards.

In fact Ronaldo's "year" effectively boils down to a sensational month at the World Cup, a sparkling debut for his new club Real Madrid and the opening goal in their World Club Cup victory.

It would have been unjust to his fellow professionals to bestow the European and World honours on the 26-year-old from Rio de Janeiro if they were claimed to be a reward for performances over the course of the year.

But if it comes down to global impact then there could only be one choice - the shaven-headed Brazilian known to millions simply as "The Phenomenon".

In a fairy-tale ending to three years of injury-plagued misery Ronaldo confirmed his rebirth as a player with a stellar performance on the world's greatest footballing stage in South Korea and Japan.

His eight goals in seven games, including a magical double in the 2-0 victory over Germany in the final, marked the difference between Brazil and their rivals in what was one of the most evenly-balanced World Cups in living memory.

His match-winning performance allowed him to lay to rest the ghosts of France 98 when he played in the final just hours after suffering a mystery illness in the team hotel.

Looking dazed and lethargic he made a negligible contribution as Brazil lost 3-0 to a French side inspired by Zinedine Zidane.

Brazil's record-breaking fifth title will be remembered as Ronaldo's World Cup in the same way that their 1970 triumph was associated with his predecessor Pele, whose total of 12 World Cup goals The Phenomenon has now equalled.

Ronaldo may not quite have recovered the explosive pace of his year at Barcelona, but it is testament to his skill and natural brilliance that even while not totally fit he was head and shoulders above other strikers in the tournament.

It may also be an indication of the rigours of the footballing calendar, that a semi-fit player emerging from three years of career-threatening injury was able to outshine a host of exhausted professionals who arrived at the tournament with up to 60 games under their belts in 12 months.

Ronaldo, however, remains perfectly adapted to lead football's highly-competitive food chain.

He still has a burst of speed that few can match, a dizzying shimmy that bemuses even the best defenders and a rocket-powered shot that fired him to fame in the mid-1990s.

Transfer saga

As if his performance in South Korea and Japan was not enough, Ronaldo then became the leading protagonist in the transfer saga of the summer, a tale with more twists than the best Brazilian soap opera.

Whether he was anxious to banish the memories of five injury-plagued years at Inter, or was keen to escape the confines of Italian football, or just simply unable to hack the egalitarian regime of coach Hector Cuper, Ronaldo instructed his agents to get him away from the Serie A club.

He was, of course, welcomed with open arms by European champions Real Madrid, eager to complete their glittering centenary team with the brightest jewel in world football.

Ronaldo's move to Real certainly smacked of ingratitude given that Inter had supported him throughout his odyssey of injuries and continued to pay his reported salary of 4.5 million euros ($4.60 million) without so much as a whisper of complaint.

Even after the convoluted transfer was completed - minutes before the European transfer deadline on August 31 - Ronaldo continued to hog the headlines as he battled against a series of niggling injuries that delayed his debut for his new club.

It was more than a month before he made his first appearance for Real, although true to form he scored with almost his first touch after coming on as a second-half substitute against Alaves and even grabbed another before the 5-2 rout was complete.

Two months later and after just a handful of appearances he made a triumphant return to the Yokohama stadium - the venue for the World Cup final - and scored the opening goal in Real's 2-0 win over South American champions Olimpia of Paraguay in the World Club Cup.

Ronaldo was named man-of-the-match even though many commentators believed team mate Luis Figo had turned in the better performance.

But the Brazilian is a marketing man's dream.

He scores his goals in the right places and in front of the right television audiences, his face is recognised in every continent, he collects footballing awards like small change and he hails from the world's most productive football nation.

Ronaldo appears to have it all and yet question marks still remain. Is he capable of surviving the rigours of a full season at a club with both European and domestic commitments or will he spend as much time on the treatment table as on the field?

Can he actually help Real win the league title, a feat he never managed at Barcelona or Inter, and can he add a missing European Cup winners medal to the Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup medals already in his collection?

Whatever the doubts about the future, one thing is clear - Ronaldo is the undisputed comeback king of 2002.

Award winners

2002 FIFA World Player of the Year
1st - Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Bra)
2nd - Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich/Ger)
3rd - Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid/Fra)

2002 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year
1st - Mia Hamm (Washington Freedon/USA)
2nd - Birgit Prinz (Carolina Courage/Ger)
3rd - Sun Wen (Atlanta Beat/Chn)

FIFA Centennial Trophy - Real Madrid

FIFA Fair Play Trophy - South Korea and Japan

FIFA Team of the Year - Brazil

FIFA Mover of the Year - Senegal

2002 World Cup Golden Ball (best player) - Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich/Ger)

2002 World Cup Silver Ball - Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Bra)

2002 World Cup Bronze Ball - Hong Myung-Bo (Pohang Steelers/Kor)

2002 World Cup Golden Shoe (top scorer) - Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Bra)

2002 World Cup Silver Shoe - Rivaldo (Milan/Bra) and Miroslav Klose (Kaiserslauten/Ger)

2002 World Cup Best Goalkeeper - Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich/Ger)

2002 World Cup Fair Play Award - Belgium

2002 World Cup Most Entertaining Team - South Korea

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