Ballon d'Or 2005
2005 Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldinho
The 2005 Ballon d'Or was delivered to the Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho on 28 November 2005. On 24 October 2005, was announced the shortlist of 50 male players compiled by a group of experts from France Football. 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).
Ronaldinho was the third Brazilian to win the award after Rivaldo (1999) and Ronaldo (2002). Petr Čech (Czech Republic) was the best ranked goalkeeper in the list with a 14th place. Paolo Maldini (Italy) was the best ranked defender (6th place), while Thierry Henry (France) was the best among the forwards (4th place).
Additionally, the following 26 players were nominated but received no votes: David Beckham (Real Madrid), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Grégory Coupet (Lyon), Cris (Lyon), Deco (Barcelona), Dida (Milan), Emerson (Juventus), Luís Figo (Real Madrid, Internazionale), Diego Forlán (Villarreal), Roy Makaay (Bayern Munich), Michael Owen (Real Madrid, Newcastle United), Park Ji-Sung (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United), Andrea Pirlo (Milan), Raúl (Real Madrid), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona), David Trezeguet (Juventus), Mark van Bommel (PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal, Juventus), and Xavi (Barcelona).
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