2005 FIFA World Player of the Year

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The 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year prize was awarded to the Brazilian Ronaldinho for the second year in succession, also claiming the highest point total ever, surpassing Rivaldo. He finished ahead of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and his Barcelona teammate Samuel Eto'o in the final round of voting.



1 Ronaldinho Spain FC Barcelona Brazil Brazil 956
2 Frank Lampard England Chelsea F.C. England England 306
3 Samuel Eto'o Spain FC Barcelona Cameroon Cameroon 190
4 Thierry Henry England Arsenal F.C. France France 172
5 Adriano Italy Inter Milan Brazil Brazil 170
6 Andriy Shevchenko Italy A.C. Milan Ukraine Ukraine 153
7 Steven Gerrard England Liverpool F.C. England England 131
8 Kaká Italy A.C. Milan Brazil Brazil 101
9 Paolo Maldini Italy A.C. Milan Italy Italy 76
10 Didier Drogba England Chelsea F.C. Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 56
11 Michael Ballack Germany Bayern Munich Germany Germany 64
12 Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid C.F. Brazil Brazil 63
13 Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid C.F. France France 55
14 Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Juventus F.C. Sweden Sweden 36
15 Deco Spain FC Barcelona Portugal Portugal 24
16 Juan Román Riquelme Spain Villarreal CF Argentina Argentina 20
17 Robinho Brazil Santos
Spain Real Madrid C.F.
Brazil Brazil 19
18 David Beckham Spain Real Madrid C.F. England England 17
18= Wayne Rooney England Manchester United England England 17
20 Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United Portugal Portugal 13
21 Ruud van Nistelrooy England Manchester United Netherlands Netherlands 11
21= Michael Essien France Lyon
England Chelsea F.C.
Ghana Ghana 11
23 Raúl Spain Real Madrid C.F. Spain Spain 8
23= Pavel Nedvěd Italy Juventus F.C. Czech Republic Czech Republic 8
25 Arjen Robben England Chelsea F.C. Netherlands Netherlands 5
26 Cafu Italy A.C. Milan Brazil Brazil 3
26= Jay-Jay Okocha England Bolton Wanderers Nigeria Nigeria 3
26= Roberto Carlos Spain Real Madrid C.F. Brazil Brazil 3
26= Alessandro Nesta Italy A.C. Milan Italy Italy 3
30 Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus F.C. Italy Italy 1


Rank Player Club Points
1 Germany Birgit Prinz Germany FFC Frankfurt 513
2 Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK 429
3 United States Shannon Boxx United States Ajax Los Angeles 235
4 Sweden Hanna Ljungberg Sweden Umeå IK 206
5 Germany Renate Lingor Germany FFC Frankfurt 170
6 Mexico Maribel Domínguez United States Atlanta Beat
Spain FC Barcelona
7 Norway Solveig Gulbrandsen Norway Kolbotn 97
7 Germany Sandra Minnert Germany SC Bad Neuenahr 97
9 United States Christie Welsh France Lyon
United States New Jersey Wildcats
10 England Kelly Smith England Arsenal L.F.C. 60
11 Sweden Malin Moström Sweden Umeå IK N/A
12 France Laura Georges France Lyon N/A
13 Nigeria Perpetua Nkwocha Sweden Sunnanå SK N/A