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Tuesday, 2 July, 2002, 07:21 GMT 08:21 UK
Kahn wins Golden Ball award
Germany's Oliver Kahn was the player of the 2002 World Cup
Kahn (left) received a hero's welcome back home

Germany's Oliver Kahn has been named the best player of the 2002 World Cup.

The 33-year-old Germany captain edged out Brazil's goal-scoring hero Ronaldo after a vote by journalists to become the first goalkeeper to win the award.

Golden Ball nominees' votes
Oliver Kahn (Ger) 147
Ronaldo (Bra) 126
Hong Myung-Bo (Kor) 108
Rivaldo (Bra) 93
Ronaldinho (Bra) 54
Hasan Sas (Tur) 26
El Hadji Diouf (Sen) 15
Roberto Carlos (Bra) 12
Michael Ballack (Ger) 6
Fernando Hierro (Sp) 5

It is the first time that a goalkeeper has won the prestigious award.

Kahn received 147 votes, 21 more than Ronaldo, who scored two goals against Kahn in the final, the first following a rare mistake by the German number one.

South Korean captain Hong Myung-bo finished third with 108 votes.

Brazil stars Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos were also nominated.

The award, sponsored by German sportswear manufacturer Adidas recognises the outstanding individual player during the World Cup tournament.

Ballots were cast by journalists who were present at the World Cup third-place play-off game between South Korea and Turkey and the final between Germany and Brazil.

The Bayern Munich shot-stopper also received the Lev Yashin Award from Fifa for being the best goalkeeper at the finals.

The previous winners of the Golden Ball Award were Paolo Rossi (1982), Diego Maradona (1986), Toto Schillaci (1990), Romario (1994) and Ronaldo (1998).


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