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Last Updated: Monday, 18 December 2006, 20:49 GMT
Cannavaro wins Fifa player crown
Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro
Cannavaro is also the European Footballer of the Year
Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro has been named Fifa World Player of the Year.

The award polls votes from national team coaches and captains and Cannavaro beat three-time winner Zinedine Zidane and reigning champion Ronaldinho.

Real Madrid central defender Cannavaro, 33, was crowned European Footballer of the Year in November.

"It's a great honour for me to be here because it has been an incredible season," said Cannavaro.

He added: "The competition is scary, so strong. It's not usual for a defender to sit between Ronaldinho and Zidane.

"Of course it must be a great compliment for the coaches I've had this year.

"It also underscores the way I am playing - and look at the matches we are playing in the teams I've had, and at Real.

"I can't ask for anything else, with the World Cup and Golden Ball award - you can't do any better than that."

Brazil's Marta won the women's award ahead of Germany's Renate Lingor and Kristine Lilly of the USA.

606 DEBATE: Would you have voted for Cannavaro?

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