Ballon d'Or 2004
Shevchenko was the third Ukrainian national to win the award after Oleh Blokhin in 1975 and Ihor Belanov in 1986. He was the fifth Milan player to win the trophy after Gianni Rivera (1969), Ruud Gullit (1987), Marco van Basten (1988, 1989, 1992) and George Weah (1995
Additionally, the following fifteen players were nominated but received no votes: Aílton (Werder Bremen, Schalke 04), Roberto Ayala (Valencia), Fabien Barthez (Manchester United, Marseille), David Beckham (Real Madrid), Petr Čech (Chelsea), Emerson (Roma, Juventus), Juninho (Lyon), Michalis Kapsis (AEK Athens, Bordeaux), Henrik Larsson (Celtic, Barcelona), Johan Micoud (Werder Bremen), Mista (Valencia), Alessandro Nesta (Milan}), Andrea Pirlo (Milan), José Antonio Reyes (Sevilla, Arsenal), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Tomáš Rosický (Borussia Dortmund), Paul Scholes (Manchester United), Clarence Seedorf (Milan), Giourkas Seitaridis (Panathinaikos, Porto), Francesco Totti (Roma), and Patrick Vieira (Arsenal).
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