July 10, 2006

Cannavaro zings Zidane

Like winning the "Best Laugh" superlative in your senior high yearbook:
Zidane Wins World Cup's Best Player Award

France captain Zinedine Zidane, sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi late in Sunday's World Cup final loss to Italy, won the Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player.

[...] Zidane polled 2012 points in the vote by journalists covering the tournament, beating Italians Fabio Cannavaro (1977 points) and Andrea Pirlo (715 points) in the ballot.

[...] Italy captain Cannavaro could be considered unlucky in the voting.

He led an Italian defense that conceded only two goals in the tournament: an own-goal against the United States and Zidane's penalty.

The final was his 100th cap for Italy.

"I got my award, that's it right there," Cannavaro said, gesturing toward the World Cup trophy sitting on the table in front of him. "I'm extremely pleased with what I have."

I think Cannavaro has the best laugh now.

Quite unlucky, indeed.


Posted by Kyer at July 10, 2006 08:34 AM | TrackBack