Ballon d'Or 2006

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2006 Ballon d'Or
Fabio Cannavaro 2011.jpg
2006 Ballon d'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro.
Dates 2006
2005
2007

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 Italian 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, Northern Ireland, 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 best ranked goalkeeper in the list with a 2nd place. Ronaldinho (Brazil) was the best ranked midfielder (4th place), while Thierry Henry (France) was the best among the forwards (3rd place).[3]

Rankings[edit]

Voted players[edit]

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

Non-voted players[edit]

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

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