Ronaldo deserves Golden Ball award: Zidane

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

French football star Zinedine Zidane says Ronaldo deserves the prestigious Golden Ball award based on his two goals in the World Cup final.

Ronaldo deserves Golden Ball award: Zidane
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French football star Zinedine Zidane says Ronaldo deserves the prestigious Golden Ball award based on his two goals in the World Cup final. "For sure, scoring in the final is something exceptional," Zidane said to French soccer magazine France Football, which awards the Golden Ball at the end of the year. "He scored the two goals for the title. It makes you dream". Ronaldo, whose career has been hampered by injury in recent years, staged a brilliant revival in Japan and South Korea. He scored both goals for Brazil's 2-0 win over Germany in the final and was the tournament's leading scorer with 10 goals. "For the Golden Ball, yes, he deserves it," Zidane said. "It's not that I don't want to receive it, but he deserves it. More than (Oliver) Kahn, obviously". German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn made a blunder in the first half of the World Cup final that paved the way for Ronaldo's opening goal. The Golden Ball is given to the best European-based player. Ronaldo plays for Italian club Internazionale and Kahn plays for Germany's Bayern Munich. Zidane is Spanish side Real Madrid's biggest star. Zidane, who won the award in 1998 after netting two goals for France in the World Cup final against Brazil, said Ronaldo's return to form wasn't a surprise. "For me, he has always been the best," Zidane said. "With the ordeal he's been through, not three people would have said he would pull it off. And yet, he did". (AP)

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