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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 December, 2003, 13:25 GMT
Nedved scoops top award
Pavel Nedved
Nedved's Juve retained their title
Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved has been named World Player of the Year by readers of the magazine World Soccer.

The 31-year-old Czech had more than a third of the votes in the annual poll.

Nedved pipped Manchester United's Ducth striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, with Real Madrid marksman Raul, of Spain, finishing in third place.

Arsenal's French international Thierry Henry, who is widely tipped to win Fifa's World Player of the Award next week, finished down in fifth.

Nedved helped Juventus to retain the Italian league title last year and steered his side to the Champions League final, where they lost to AC Milan.

He was linked on Thursday with a move to Chelsea.

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