Ronaldo, Zidane, for player of the year

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Former winners Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane have been joined by Thierry Henry in the nominations for this year's FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Ronaldo, Zidane, for player of the year
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Former winners Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane have been joined by Thierry Henry in the nominations for this year's FIFA World Player of the Year award. Thierry Henry, the France and Arsenal striker, was on Wednesday nominated for FIFA's World Player of the Year award. The Frenchman has never won the award and is making his first appearance in the final three. His nomination as one of the finalists comes a day after he scored twice in Arsenal's 5-1 win at Inter Milan in the Champions League. However, unlike Henry, Ronaldo is no stranger to the winners' podium, having picked up the award no fewer than three times before - in 1996, 1997 and again last year. He is the only player to have won the prestigious award three times. Ronaldo topped the voting last year with 387 points, followed by German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn (171) and Zinedine Zidane (148). Zidane, Ronaldo's team mate at Real Madrid and Henry's team mate in the French national side, won the award in 1998 and 2000. The award, which is based on the votes of 142 coaches of national teams, will be made at the World Player Gala in Basle, Switzerland, on 15th December. Five other awards, including "Top Team", will also be handed out. (AP)

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