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Ronaldinho is world's best again

Published: Monday 19 December 2005, 23.19CET
Ronaldinho has been named FIFA World Player of the Year for a second successive season, with Frank Lampard second and Samuel Eto'o third.

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Published: Monday 19 December 2005, 23.19CET

Ronaldinho is world's best again

Ronaldinho has been named FIFA World Player of the Year for a second successive season, with Frank Lampard second and Samuel Eto'o third.
Ronaldinho has been named FIFA World Player of the Year for a second successive season.

Lampard second
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.

Thank you
"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."

Illustrious company
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
Past winners
Year Player
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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