Ballon d'Or 2003

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2003 Ballon d'Or
Pavel Nedvěd.jpg
2003 Ballon d'Or winner Pavel Nedvěd
Dates 2003
2002
2004

The 2003 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 Czech midfielder Pavel Nedvěd on 22 December 2003.[1] On 11 November 2003, 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, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and Yugoslavia. Each picked a first (5pts), second (4pts), third (3pts), fourth (2pts) and fifth choice (1pt).[3]

Nedvěd was the second Czech player to win the award after Josef Masopust (1962).[1] Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) was the best ranked goalkeeper in the list with a 9th place. Paolo Maldini (Italy) was the best ranked defender (3rd place), while Thierry Henry (France) was the best among the forwards (2nd place).[3]

Rankings[edit]

Voted players[edit]

Rank Player Nationality Club Total Votes by place Votes
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1st Pavel Nedvěd  Czech Republic Italy Juventus 190 27 9 2 6 1 45
2nd Thierry Henry  France England Arsenal 128 8 9 14 4 2 37
3rd Paolo Maldini  Italy Italy Milan 123 7 13 7 4 7 38
4th Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine Italy Milan 67 3 8 3 4 3 21
5th Zinedine Zidane  France Spain Real Madrid 64 4 1 5 9 7 26
6th Ruud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands England Manchester United 61 1 4 5 11 3 24
7th Raúl  Spain Spain Real Madrid 32 1 2 4 1 5 13
8th Roberto Carlos  Brazil Spain Real Madrid 27 1 3 3 - 1 8
9th Gianluigi Buffon  Italy Italy Juventus 19 - 1 2 3 3 9
10th David Beckham  England England Manchester United / Spain Real Madrid 17 - 2 1 2 2 7
11th Ronaldo  Brazil Spain Real Madrid 11 - - 1 2 4 7
12th Henrik Larsson  Sweden Scotland Celtic 6 - - 2 - - 2
13th Alessandro Del Piero  Italy Italy Juventus 4 - - 1 - 1 2
Dida  Brazil Italy Milan 4 - - 1 - 1 2
Roy Makaay  Netherlands Spain Deportivo / Germany Bayern Munich 4 - - 1 - 1 2
Alessandro Nesta  Italy Italy Milan 4 - - - 2 - 2
Deco  Portugal Portugal Porto 4 - - - - 4 4
18th Nihat Kahveci  Turkey Spain Real Sociedad 3 - - - 1 1 2
Francesco Totti  Italy Italy Roma 3 - - - 1 1 2
20th Michael Ballack  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 2 - - - 1 - 1
Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden Netherlands Ajax 2 - - - 1 - 1
22nd Filippo Inzaghi  Italy Italy Milan 1 - - - - 1 1
Jan Koller  Czech Republic Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 - - - - 1 1
Adrian Mutu  Romania Italy Parma / England Chelsea 1 - - - - 1 1
Ronaldinho  Brazil France PSG / Spain Barcelona 1 - - - - 1 1
Francesco Toldo  Italy Italy Internazionale 1 - - - - 1 1

Non-voted players[edit]

The following 24 men were originally in contention for the 2003 Ballon d’Or, but did not receive any votes:

Player Nationality Club
Pablo Aimar  Argentina Spain Valencia
Sol Campbell  England England Arsenal
Iker Casillas  Spain Spain Real Madrid
Cristian Chivu  Romania Netherlands Ajax / Italy Roma
Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon Spain Mallorca
Luís Figo  Portugal Spain Real Madrid
Giovane Élber  Brazil Germany Bayern Munich / France Lyon
Ludovic Giuly  France France AS Monaco
Oliver Kahn  Germany Germany Bayern Munich
Patrick Kluivert  Netherlands Spain Barcelona
Darko Kovačević  Yugoslavia Spain Real Sociedad
Claude Makélélé  France Spain Real Madrid / England Chelsea
Michael Owen  England England Liverpool
Pauleta  Portugal France Bordeaux / France PSG
Robert Pirès  France England Arsenal
Míchel Salgado  Spain Spain Real Madrid
Paul Scholes  England England Manchester United
Lilian Thuram  France Italy Juventus
Hatem Trabelsi  Tunisia Netherlands Ajax
David Trezeguet  France Italy Juventus
Patrick Vieira  France England Arsenal
Christian Vieri  Italy Italy Internazionale
Sylvain Wiltord  France England Arsenal
Gianluca Zambrotta  Italy Italy Juventus

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BBC Sport staff (22 December 2003). "Nedved scoops top award". BBC Sport. 
  2. ^ Leite, Augusto (11 November 2003). "Deco na corrida à Bola de Ouro" [Deco racing for the Ballon D'or]. Record (in Portuguese). 
  3. ^ a b Pierrend, José (26 March 2005). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2003". RSSSF. 

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