FOOTBALL: LUIS FIGO ELECTED “BALLON D’OR” AS SHEVCHENKO COMES THIRD

“France Football” elected the Portuguese midfield player, Luis Figo, transferred from FC Barcelona to Real Madrid this season for a world record fee, making him the most expensive player in history, for this year’s top award in French football, the Golden Ball. Figo was transferred this July for 60.1 million Euros (52 million USD, 1.45 billion roubles) from Barcelona to Madrid and has since mesmerised the Spanish football crowds with his magic In the voting by “France Football”, Figo was first with 197 votes, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane was second with 181 and third was Ukranian Andrei Shevchenko with 85. Figo becomes the second Portuguese player to win this award, after Eusebio in 1956.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey Pravda.Ru Lisbon