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Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or

United winger lands 2008 award

Last Updated: 02/12/08 3:41pm

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Ronaldo: Ballon d'Or winner

Ronaldo: Ballon d'Or winner

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Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2008 Ballon d'Or award ahead of Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres.

Previous Ballon d'Or winners: 1956 - Stanley Matthews 1957 - Alfredo Di Stefano 1958 - Raymond Kopa 1959 - Alfredo Di Stefano 1960 - Luis Suarez 1961 - Omar Sivori 1962 - Josef Masopust 1963 - Lev Yashin 1964 - Denis Law 1965 - Eusebio 1966 - Bobby Charlton 1967 - Florian Albert 1968 - George Best 1969 - Gianni Rivera 1970 - Gerd Muller 1971 - Johan Cruyff 1972 - Franz Beckenbauer 1973 - Johan Cruyff 1974 - Johan Cruyff 1975 - Oleg Blokhin 1976 - Franz Beckenbauer 1977 - Alan Simonsen 1978 - Kevin Keegan 1979 - Kevin Keegan 1980 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 1981 - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 1982 - Paolo Rossi 1983 - Michel Platini 1984 - Michel Platini 1985 - Michel Platini 1986 - Igor Belanov 1987 - Ruud Gullit 1988 - Marco Van Basten 1989 - Marco Van Basten 1990 - Lothar Matthaus 1991 - Jean-Pierre Papin 1992 - Marco Van Basten 1993 - Roberto Baggio 1994 - Hristo Stoichkov 1995 - George Weah 1996 - Matthias Sammer 1997 - Ronaldo 1998 - Zinedine Zidane 1999 - Rivaldo 2000 - Luis Figo 2001 - Michael Owen 2002 - Ronaldo 2003 - Pavel Nedved 2004 - Andrei Shevchenko 2005 - Ronaldinho 2006 - Fabio Cannavaro 2007 - Kaka 2008 - Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo was the clear favourite to land the prestigious prize after a remarkable year at Old Trafford.

The powerful attacker netted 42 goals last season as the Red Devils claimed Premier League and UEFA Champions League glory.

His summer was overshadowed by Real Madrid's courting of the 23-year-old, while he missed the start of the new term with an ankle injury.

But Ronaldo has demonstrated his impressive ability in recent weeks, netting nine times since September.

Ronaldo finished runner-up to Brazilian forward Kaka in 2007 and overcame strong competition this time around from Barcelona playmaker Messi - who finished second - and third placed Liverpool star Torres.

He is already FIFPro World Player of the Year and also took the top prizes from the Professional Footballers' Association and the Football Writers last term.

The Portugal winger is the first United player to win the Ballon d'Or since George Best in 1968 and the first from his country since Luis Figo in 2000.

Final positions (British based players in bold):

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Manchester United), 446 points

2. Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), 281 pts

3. Fernando Torres (Spain, Liverpool), 179 pts

4. Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid), 133 pts

5. Xavi (Spain, Barcelona), 97 pts

6. Andrei Arshavin (Russia, Zenit St Petersburg), 64 pts

7. David Villa (Spain, Valencia), 55 pts

8. Kaka (Brazil, AC Milan), 31 pts

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Inter Milan), 30 pts

10 Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool), 28 pts

11. Marcos Senna (Spain, Villarreal), 16 pts.

12. Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo, Arsenal), 12 pts.

13. Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United), 11 pts.

14. Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Atletico Madrid), 10 pts.

15. Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea), 8 pts.

16. Franck Ribery (France, Bayern Munich), 7 pts.

17. Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon, Barcelona), 6 pts.

18. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), 5 pts.

19. Michael Ballack (Germany, Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Arsenal), 4 pts.

21. Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia, Manchester United), 3 pts.

24. Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands, Manchester United), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands, Real Madrid), 2 pts.

No votes : Karim Benzema (Lyon), Pepe (Real Madrid), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), and Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow).

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