10 Jul 2006

Sent-off Zidane named best player

Zinedine Zidane won the Golden Ball award for the World Cup's best player, despite being dismissed for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the final. France captain Zidane polled 2012 points in the vote by journalists mostly carried out at half-time. The midfielder, 34, beat Italians Fabio Cannavaro (1977 points) and Andrea Pirlo (715 points) in the ballot. He scored a penalty early on in the final but was red-carded in extra time as France went on to lose on penalties.

ွSource: BBC

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