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England Player Honours -
France Football Ballon d'Or -
European Footballer of the Year



France Football European Footballer of the Year Award 2002

No England player placed in the top 10  in the 2002 voting,  no doubt a reflection of promise disappointed in  the  European club and  World Cup competitions.  Liverpool's Michael Owen, the 2001 winner, was the top English vote-getter, with five points, putting him level in 13th place with Ruud van Nistelrooy of Manchester United and Holland.  The only other English player to gain recognition was Rio Ferdinand,  who played for both  Leeds United and Manchester United during  the year and  got two points, level with t wo other players in 21st place.  The only English Premiership player in the top 10 was Arsenal's Thierry Henry of France, with 54 points putting him in 6th place.

The winner was chosen by vote of European football journalists, one from each of UEFA's member nations, which totalled 51 in 2002.  Voters selected their top five players in order of preference, and points were assigned to each vote, 5 for a 1st place vote, 4 for a 2nd place vote and so on down to 1 point for a 5th place vote.



National Team

Club Side[s]

Voting Points
1 Ronaldo Brazil Internazionale FC
Real Madrid CF


2 Roberto Carlos Brazil Real Madrid CF


3 Oliver Kahn Germany FC Bayern München AG


4 Zinedine Zidane France Real Madrid CF


5 Michael Ballack Germany Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Bayern München AG


6 Thierry Henry France Arsenal FC


7 Raúl Spain Real Madrid CF


8 Rivaldo Brazil FC Barcelona
Milan AC


9 Yildiray Basturk Turkey Bayer 04 Leverkusen


10 Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus FC


11 Hasan Sas Turkey Galatasaray SK


12 Ronaldinho Brazil Paris Saint-Germain FC


=13 Michael Owen England Liverpool FC


Ruud Van Nistelrooij Netherlands Manchester United FC
=15 Cafu Brazil AS Roma


Bernd Schneider  Germany Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Juan Carlos Valeron Spain RC Deportivo La Coruna
Thierry Henry France Arsenal FC
=19 Luis Figo Portugal Real Madrid CF


Lucio Brazil Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Pape Bouba Diop


RC Lens


El Hadji Diouf


RC Lens
Liverpool FC

Rio Ferdinand


Leeds United AFC
Manchester United FC


Ruben Baraja 


Valencia CF


Filippo Inzaghi


Milan AC

Roy Makaay


RC Deportivo La Coruna


The complete 2002 voting  results:

1. Ronaldo (Bra, Inter Milan then Real Madrid) 171 points

2. Roberto Carlos (Bra, Real Madrid) 145

3. Oliver Kahn (Ger, FC Bayern München AG) 114

4. Zinedine Zidane (Fra, Real Madrid) 78

5. Michael Ballack (Ger, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Bayern München AG) 67

6. Thierry Henry (Fra, Arsenal) 54

7. Raul (Spa, Real Madrid) 38

8. Rivaldo (Bra, Barcelona, AC Milan) 29

9. Yildiray Basturk (Tur, Bayer Leverkusen) 13

10. Alessandro Del Piero (Ita, Juventus) 12

11. Hasan Sas (Tur, Galatasaray) 10

12. Ronaldinho (Bra, Paris Saint-Germain) 8

13. Michael Owen (Eng, Liverpool) 5

Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Ned, Manchester United) 5

15. Cafu (Bra, AS Roma) 4

Bernd Schneider (Ger, Bayer Leverkusen) 4

Juan Carlos Valeron (Spa, Deportivo La Coruna) 4

Patrick Vieira (Fra, Arsenal) 4

19. Luis Figo (Por, Real Madrid) 3

Lucio (Bra, Bayer Leverkusen) 3

21. Pape Bouba Diop (Sen, Lens) 2

El Hadji Diouf (Sen, Lens, Liverpool) 2

Rio Ferdinand (Eng, Leeds, Manchester Utd) 2

24. Ruben Baraja (Spa, Valencia) 1

Filippo Inzaghi (Ita, AC Milan) 1

Roy Makaay (Ned, Deportivo La Coruna) 1

Full list of nominees: Pablo Aimar (Valencia), Sonny Anderson (Lyon), Michael Ballack (FC Bayern München AG), Ruben Baraja (Valencia), Yildiray Basturk (Bayer Leverkusen), David Beckham (Manchester United), Cafu (Roma), Djibril Cisse (Auxerre), Alessandro del Piero (Juventus), Papa Bouba Diop (Lens), El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool), Edmilson (Lyon), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Luis Figo (Real Madrid), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Hasan Sas (Galatasaray), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Junichi Inamoto (Fulham), Filippo Inzaghi, Oliver Kahn (FC Bayern München AG), Miroslav Klose (Kaiserslautern), Patrick Kluivert (Barcelona), Lucio (Bayer Leverkusen), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Roy Makaay (Deportivo La Coruna), Claude Makelele (Real Madrid), Paolo Maldini, Michael Owen (Liverpool), Pauleta (Bordeaux), Raul (Real Madrid), Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Paris St Germain), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Tomas Rosicky (Borussia Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen), Javier Saviola (Barcelona), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen), Seol Ki-Hyeon (Anderlecht), Jon Dahl Tomasson, Francesco Totti (Roma), David Trezeguet (Juventus), Juan Carlos Valeron (Deportivo La Coruna), Pierre van Hooijdonk (Feyenoord), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Christian Vieri (Inter Milan), Marc Wilmots (Schalke), Sylvain Wiltord (Arsenal), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid).




RAÚL GONZÁLEZ - Real Madrid - España 

RONALDO NAZARIO - Real Madrid - Brasil 

LUIS FIGO - Real Madrid – Portugal

PABLO AIMAR - Valencia - Argentina  

JAVIER SAVIOLA - Barcelona - Argentina 

PATRICK KLUIVERT - Barcelona - Holanda 

ROY MAKAAY - Deportivo - Holanda 

SONNY ANDERSON - Lyon - Brasil 

YILDIRAY BASTURK - Bayer Leverkusen - Turquía 

DJIBRIL CISSÉ - Auxerre - Francia 

ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO - Juventus - Italia 

EL-HADJ DIOUF - Liverpool - Senegal 

RYAN GIGGS - Manchester United - Gales 

HASAN SAS - Galatasaray - Turquía 

THIERRY HENRY - Arsenal - Francia 

FILIPPO INZAGHI - Milán - Italia 

MIROSLAV KLOSE - Kaiserslautern - Alemania 

MICHAEL OWEN - Liverpool - Inglaterra 

PEDRO PAULETA - Burdeos - Portugal 

RIVALDO - Milán - Brasil 

RONALDINHO - Parín Saint-Germain - Brasil 

JON DAHL TOMASSON - Milán - Italia 

PIERRE VAN HOOIJDONK - Feyenoord - Holanda 

RUUD VAN NISTELROOY - Manchester United - Holanda 

CHRISTIAN VIERI - Inter de Milán - Italia  

SYLVAIN WILTORD - Arsenal - Francia 

SEOL KI-HYEON - Anderlech - Bélgica 




ZINEDINE ZIDANE - Real Madrid - Francia 

CLAUDE MAKELELE - Real Madrid - Francia 

LUIS ENRIQUE - Barcelona - España 

RUBÉN BARAJA - Valencia - España 

JUAN CARLOS VALERÓN - Deportivo - España 

MICHAEL BALLACK - Bayern de Múnich - Alemania 

DAVID BECKHAM - Manchester - Inglaterra 

PAPE BOUBA DIOP - Lens - Senegal 

JUNICHI INAMOTO - Fulham - Japón 

TOMAS ROSICKY - Borussia Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen - República Checa  

BERND SCHNEIDER - Bayer Leverkusen - Alemania 

FRANCESCO TOTTI - Roma - Italia 

DAVID TREZEGUET - Juventus - Francia 

MARC WILMOTS - Schalke 04 - Bélgica  

PATRICK VIEIRA - Arsenal - Francia 




ROBERTO CARLOS - Real Madrid - Brasil 

CAFÚ - Roma - Brasil 

EDMILSON - Lyon - Brasil 

RIO FERDINAND - Manchester United - Inglaterra 

LUCIO - Bayer Leverkusen - Brasil 

PAOLO MALDINI - Milán - Italia 




OLIVER KAHN - Bayern de Múnich - Alemania 

IKER CASILLAS - Real Madrid - España 



The voting points for 2002 were taken from an Agence France Presse news report.