Ballon d'Or 2006

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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 Fabio Cannavaro on 28 November 2006.[1]

Cannavaro was the fifth Italian national to win the award after Omar Sívori (1961), Gianni Rivera (1969), Paolo Rossi (1982), and Roberto Baggio (1993).[2] He was also the fifth Real Madrid player to win the trophy after Alfredo di Stéfano (1957, 1959), Raymond Kopa (1958), Ronaldo (1997, 2002) and Luís Figo (2000).[3]

Rankings[edit]

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

Additionally, 24 players were nominated but received no votes: Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich, Chelsea), Tim Cahill (Everton), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Grégory Coupet (Lyon), Cris (Lyon), Mahamadou Diarra (Real Madrid), Michael Essien (Chelsea), Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal), William Gallas (Chelsea, Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Ludovic Giuly (Barcelona), Fabio Grosso (Palermo, Internazionale), Claude Makélélé (Chelsea), Florent Malouda (Lyon), Édison Méndez (LDU Quito, PSV), Juan Román Riquelme (Villarreal), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Andriy Shevchenko (Milan, Chelsea), Lilian Thuram (Juventus, Barcelona), Tiago (Lyon), and Fernando Torres (Atlético Madrid).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fabio Cannavaro was signed by Real Madrid from Juventus mid-way through 2006. "Real sign Eto'o and Emerson". BBC Sport. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  2. ^ Zinedine Zidane retired following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which was mid-way through 2006. "Zidane to retire after World Cup". BBC Sport. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (18 December 2008). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2006". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Cannavaro wins Euro player award". BBC Sport. 27 November 2006. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 22 October 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 

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