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Last Updated: Monday July 10 2006 09:43 GMT

Sent-off Zidane named best player

Zinedine Zidane is sent off
Zinedine Zidane has been voted the best player of the World Cup, despite his headbutt in Sunday's final.

French captain Zidane stunned the watching world when he headbutted Italy defender Marco Materazzi and was sent off.

After Zidane's dismissal Italy went on to become world champions for the fourth time, winning on penalties.

The player of the tournament, who wins the Golden Ball award, was voted for by journalists at half-time in the final.

World Cup roll of honour
Zinedine Zidane scores for France
Winners - Italy
Runners up - France
3rd place - Germany
4th place - Portugal
Golden ball winner - Zinedine Zidane
Best young player - Lukas Podolski
Best goalkeeper - Gianluigi Buffon
Top goalscorer - Miroslave Klose
Fair play award - Brazil and Spain
Zidane won more votes than Italian skipper Fabio Cannavaro who finished second, and another Italian player Andrea Pirlo in third.

Zidane scored France's goal in that final - a penalty after six minutes - and also had a great chance to win the match when a solid header was saved.

The World Cup final was the 34-year-old's last ever match in football as he is retiring from the game.




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