With 956 points, the FC Barcelona forward comfortably defeated Chelsea FC midfielder Frank Lampard, who finished with 306 points, and team-mate Samuel Eto'o (190 points) to the award, which is based on votes by national-team coaches and captains from around the world. It is the second major prize for the Brazilian in a month after he was crowned European Footballer of the Year in November.
"I would like to say thank you to all my team-mates and national team because without them all, I would not be here," the 25-year-old told the FIFA Gala, staged at the lakeside opera house in snowy Zurich. "I hope I can make people happy with what I do, and I hope to be here again in a year's time."
Ronaldinho is only the third player to have won the global title more than once since its inception in 1991. France playmaker Zinedine Zidane took the honours in 1998, 2000 and 2003, while Brazil striker Ronaldo scooped the trophy in 1996, 1997 and 2002. The FIFA Women's Player of the Year accolade went to Birgit Prinz.
|2005 FIFA World Player of the Year|
|1991||Lothar Matthäus (FC Internazionale Milano - GER)|
|1992||Marco van Basten (AC Milan - NED)|
|1993||Roberto Baggio (Juventus - ITA)|
|1994||Romário (FC Barcelona - BRA)|
|1995||George Weah (AC Milan - LBR)|
|1996||Ronaldo (PSV Eindhoven/FC Barcelona - BRA)|
|1997||Ronaldo (FC Barcelona/FC Internazionale Milano - BRA)|
|1998||Zinedine Zidane (Juventus - FRA)|
|1999||Rivaldo (FC Barcelona - BRA)|
|2000||Zinedine Zidane (Juventus - FRA)|
|2001||Luís Figo (Real Madrid CF - POR)|
|2002||Ronaldo (FC Internazionale Milano/Real Madrid CF - BRA)|
|2003||Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid CF - FRA)|
|2004||Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona - BRA)|
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