The Frenchman Zinedine Zidane (Juventus, Italy) has been voted Best World Player of the Year for the second time in Rome at the FIFA International Gala. The Portuguese Luis Figo (Real Madrid, Spain) was second and the Brazilian Rivaldo (Barcelona, Spain), third. Pelй (Brazil) and Maradona (Argentina) were voted best players of the century, in a prize which they were forced to share, after “El mano de Dios” (the Hand of God), Maradona, had refused to share the award with anyone. It will be remembered that Maradona gained this nickname when he purposefully cheated in a game against England in a World Cup Competition, in which he handled the ball into the net, afterwards claiming that it was God. Real Madrid was voted the best club of the century and Holland the best International Team.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey Pravda.Ru Lisbon

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