Writer: Site Staff
Date:Friday January 9 2009
RONALDO VOTED WORLD'S BEST ACCORDING TO BARCLAYS GLOBAL FANS REPORT
32,000 fans from 185 countries share opinions in Barclays Global Fans' Survey - world's biggest ever football fan survey-
Ahead of Monday's FIFA World Player of the Year Award, to be announced at a gala ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, the 2008 Barclays Global Fans Report has revealed that if the decision was down to the opinions of fans, Manchester United and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo would scoop the coveted prize.
Ronaldo, who recently collected the Ballon d'Or, was backed as the best player in the world by 35% of fans in the survey, which canvassed the views of over 32,000 fans from 185 countries across the globe.
The Portugal winger's closest rival was Barcelona star and last year's World Player award runner-up Lionel Messi of Barcelona who polled 17% of supporters' votes.
Both Ronaldo and Messi are included on the shortlist for the award, which is decided by coaches of national teams worldwide. Reigning FIFA World Player of the Year Kak received just 7% of the vote in the Barclays Global Fans Report, trailing Liverpool duo Steven Gerrard (10%) and Fernando Torres (9%).
Should Cristiano Ronaldo be named FIFA World Player of the Year, he will become the first Manchester United player ever to claim the crown, with David Beckham's two runner-up spots in 1999 and 2001 the closest that the Old Trafford club has come to the accolade. Ronaldo would become only the second Portuguese player to win the prize, emulating Luis Figo's achievement in 2001.
The analysis was carried out as ongoing research by Barclays, official title sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, into the attitudes and lifestyles of football fans around the world.
Date:Friday January 9 2009
Unsubstantiated Guff! (Thursday April 24 2014)
Glazers to the Rescue (Thursday April 24 2014)
The Perfect Summary! (Thursday April 24 2014)
Martinez Interested in United Duo? (Thursday April 24 2014)
Van Gaal Misses Day-to-Day Involvement! (Thursday April 24 2014)
Januzaj Plumps for Belgium (Thursday April 24 2014)
Should Sir Alex Ferguson Remain Involved? (Wednesday April 23 2014)
Moyes Fury! (Wednesday April 23 2014)
Duo Wanted? (Wednesday April 23 2014)
Van Gaal or Ancelotti? (Wednesday April 23 2014)
|Man Utd||4||-||1||Aston Villa|
|Man Utd||0||-||3||Man City|
|West Ham||0||-||2||Man Utd|
|7. Man Utd||34||17||6||11||16||57|
|Michu Set To Miss Aston Villa Game
» Swansea : 24/04/2014 22:58:00
|Mel Not Phased By The Pressure
» WBA : 24/04/2014 21:16:00
|West Ham Injury News For Albion
» WBA : 24/04/2014 21:10:00
|Jedinak - We Won't Relax Off
» Crystal Palace : 24/04/2014 20:56:00
|Pulis Now Looking To The Future
» Crystal Palace : 24/04/2014 20:51:00
|We Need Mutch Belief, Not Fear
» Cardiff : 24/04/2014 20:26:00
|Lambert Confirms What You All Thought About Me
» Aston Villa : 24/04/2014 20:00:00