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Cristiano Ronaldo and Marta declared world's best
January 13th, 2009 7AM



[FIFA AWARDS] Cristiano Ronaldo, the 23-year-old Portuguese Manchester United star who scored 42 goals in all competitions as his club won 2007-08 English Premier League and UEFA Champions League titles, won the 2008 FIFA Men's World Player. Marta, 22, who dazzled for Brazil as it won the 2008 Olympic Silver medal, won her third straight FIFA Women's World Player award. The USA, despite winning Olympic gold, did not place a woman among the top 5.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Manchester United) 935 points
Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona) 678
Fernando Torres (Spain/Liverpool) 203)
Kaka (Brazil/AC Milan) 183
Xavi (Spain/Barcelona) 155
The men's award was determined by the voting of 155 national team coaches and captains.

(Brazil/Umea IK) 1,002 points.
Birgit Prinz (Germany/FFC Frankfurt) 328
Cristiane (Brazil/Corinthians) 275
Nadine Angerer (Germany/ Djurgardens IF Dam)198
Kelly Smith (England/Arsenal) 150
The women's award was determined by the voting of 139 national team coaches and captains.


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