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Ronaldinho wins FIFPro award again


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LONDON (AP) -- Ronaldinho was named FIFPro world player of the year for the second straight time.

The FC Barcelona midfielder won the award after a vote by fellow professionals. FIFPro is the international players' organization.

The Brazil international was to be presented the award at a ceremony Monday in Athens, Greece, but it was canceled after a dispute between the Greek government and an English commercial partner involved in organizing the event.

"We are really sorry about this," FIFPro said in a statement. "FIFPro will hand over the awards to the winners themselves in their own environment, the clubs, as soon as possible and in a way that will show the most respect for the winners."

Ronaldinho led Barcelona to the Champions League title last season, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the final.

The Brazilian has been criticized for a slow start this season at Barcelona, and was also blamed after Brazil was beaten by France in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Besides Ronaldinho, the rest of FIFPro's World IX included goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon; defenders Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Lilian Thuram and John Terry; midfielders Zinedine Zidane, Andrea Pirlo and Kaka; and forwards Samuel Eto'o and Thierry Henry.

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Hes had a poor year and still wins :sleep:

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Then who was in your opinion?

Honestly, I would have voted for Kaka, Eto'o, or Henry. Ronaldinho wasn't good all year and he just won this award because of what he did in a small tournament instead of basing it off his yearly performance in all fields.

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Honestly, I would have voted for Kaka, Eto'o, or Henry. Ronaldinho wasn't good all year and he just won this award because of what he did in a small tournament instead of basing it off his yearly performance in all fields.

Kaka is amazing :)

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Honestly, I would have voted for Kaka, Eto'o, or Henry. Ronaldinho wasn't good all year and he just won this award because of what he did in a small tournament instead of basing it off his yearly performance in all fields.

Eto'o won FifPro Merit Award "for his exceptional and positive contribution to football after speaking out against racism." ... not quite player of the year but something.

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