Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Despite receiving a red card in the World Cup final, France captain Zinedine Zidane captured the 2006 adidas Golden Ball award.

The 34-year-old midfielder won the vote for the best player at this year's tournament by journalists from across the world. Italian skipper Fabio Cannavaro finished in second place, while teammate Andrea Pirlo came in third.

Zidane scored a seventh minute penalty kick during France's loss to Italy on Sunday, before being sent off the field in extra time for head butting Marco Materazzi.


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