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MANCHESTER UNITED and French international goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has been voted the world's best goalkeeper of last season by the Federation of History and Statistics of Soccer.

The shot-stopper, who joined Manchester United in the summer from Monaco, has proved to be an instant success at Old Trafford and his exploits for France, leading them to triumph in Euro 2000, meant he was named best goalkeeper in the world.

German international goalkeeper and Bayern Munich ace Oliver Kahn was named second, and Fiorentina star Francesco Toldo, who was Italy's hero in Euro 2000, came in third while Paraguayan custodian Jose Luis Chilavert picked up fourth place.

Barthez collected the award before Tuesday night's 1-0 friendly win over Germany at the Stade de France.

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