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2006 Ballon d'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro

The 2006 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in Europe as judged by a panel of sports journalists from UEFA member countries, was awarded to the Italy Defender Fabio Cannavaro on 27 November 2006.[1] On 16 October 2006, was announced the shortlist of 50 male players compiled by a group of experts from France Football.[2] There were 52 voters, from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales. Each picked a first (5pts), second (4pts), third (3pts), fourth (2pts) and fifth choice (1pt).[3]

Cannavaro was the fifth Italian player to win the award after Omar Sívori (1961), Gianni Rivera (1969), Paolo Rossi (1982) and Roberto Baggio (1993).[1] Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) was the top ranked goalkeeper in the list, in second place; Ronaldinho (Brazil) was the top ranked midfielder, in fourth place, while Thierry Henry (France) was the top-ranked forward, in third place.[3]

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2006 Ballon d'Or RankingsEdit

Voted playersEdit

Rank Player Nationality Club Total Votes by place Votes
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1st Fabio Cannavaro   Italy   Juventus /   Real Madrid 173 20 12 5 5 - 42
2nd Gianluigi Buffon   Italy   Juventus 124 14 6 8 2 2 32
3rd Thierry Henry   France   Arsenal 121 6 15 5 6 4 36
4th Ronaldinho   Brazil   Barcelona 73 2 5 6 10 5 28
5th Zinedine Zidane   France   Real Madrid / Retired 71 6 4 5 3 4 22
6th Samuel Eto'o   Cameroon   Barcelona 67 2 3 9 6 6 26
7th Miroslav Klose   Germany   Werder Bremen 29 - 1 4 4 5 14
8th Didier Drogba   Côte d'Ivoire   Chelsea 25 - 1 3 5 2 11
9th Andrea Pirlo   Italy   Milan 17 - 2 1 2 2 7
10th Jens Lehmann   Germany   Arsenal 13 1 1 - 2 - 4
11th Deco   Portugal   Barcelona 11 - - 2 2 1 5
Kaká   Brazil   Milan 11 - - 1 2 4 7
13th Franck Ribéry   France   Marseille 9 - 1 - - 5 6
14th Gennaro Gattuso   Italy   Milan 5 1 - - - - 1
Patrick Vieira   France   Juventus /   Internazionale 5 - 1 - - 1 2
Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal   Manchester United 5 - - 1 - 2 3
17th Frank Lampard   England   Chelsea 3 - - 1 - - 1
Lukas Podolski   Germany   1. FC Köln /   Bayern Munich 3 - - 1 - - 1
Carles Puyol   Spain   Barcelona 3 - - - - 3 3
20th Juninho   Brazil   Lyon 2 - - - 1 - 1
Lionel Messi   Argentina   Barcelona 2 - - - 1 - 1
Luca Toni   Italy   Fiorentina 2 - - - 1 - 1
John Terry   England   Chelsea 2 - - - - 2 2
Gianluca Zambrotta   Italy   Juventus /   Barcelona 2 - - - - 2 2
25th Philipp Lahm   Germany   Bayern Munich 1 - - - - 1 1
David Villa   Spain   Valencia 1 - - - - 1 1

Non-voted playersEdit

The following 24 men were originally in contention for the 2006 Ballon d’Or, but did not receive any votes:

Player Nationality Club
Michael Ballack   Germany   Bayern Munich /   Chelsea
Tim Cahill   Australia   Everton
Joe Cole   England   Chelsea
Grégory Coupet   France   Lyon
Cris   Brazil   Lyon
Mahamadou Diarra   Mali   Real Madrid
Michael Essien   Ghana   Chelsea
Cesc Fàbregas   Spain   Arsenal
William Gallas   France   Chelsea /   Arsenal
Steven Gerrard   England   Liverpool
Ludovic Giuly   France   Barcelona
Fabio Grosso   Italy   Palermo /   Internazionale
Claude Makélélé   France   Chelsea
Florent Malouda   France   Lyon
Édison Méndez   Ecuador   LDU Quito /   PSV
Juan Román Riquelme   Argentina   Villarreal
Arjen Robben   Netherlands   Chelsea
Wayne Rooney   England   Manchester United
Willy Sagnol   France   Bayern Munich
Bastian Schweinsteiger   Germany   Bayern Munich
Andriy Shevchenko   Ukraine   Milan /   Chelsea
Lilian Thuram   France   Juventus /   Barcelona
Tiago   Portugal   Lyon
Fernando Torres   Spain   Atlético Madrid

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b BBC Sport staff (27 November 2006). "Cannavaro wins Euro player award". BBC Sport.
  2. ^ Record staff (16 October 2006). "Ronaldo, Deco e Tiago na corrida pela «Bola de Ouro»" [Ronaldo, Deco and Tiago running for «Ballon D'or»]. Record (in Portuguese).
  3. ^ a b Pierrend, José (3 January 2007). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2006". RSSSF.

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