- Zidane wins Golden Ball
Monday 10 July, 2006
France’s Zinedine Zidane has been named as the winner of the FIFA Golden Ball – even after his dismissal in the World Cup Final.
The Frenchman, sent-off last night for assaulting Marco Materazzi in the penalty shoot-out loss to the Azzurri, pipped Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Pirlo to the prize as the Player of the Tournament.
Zidane netted 2,012 votes from jurors, Azzurri captain Cannavaro grabbed 1,977 and the Milan midfielder got 715.
What a joke! It is UNARGUABLE that Cannavaro is the man of the World Cup. Canna played like he was possessed by Baresi, Maldini, Scirea, Bergomi etc etc. I wonder what will it take for a defender to win the award.
The only thing golden about Zidane is for having enough cohones to headbutt Marco "The Butcher" Materazzi. (Who I think deserves it even more than Zidane)