Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFPro World Player of the Year award for 2008. Ronaldo was also included in the FIFPro World XI Team alongside teammate Rio Ferdinand and several other players from the English Premier League.
Ronaldo has already won the European Player of the Year award, and now has the Ballon D’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards to look forward to as the world of football rewards the amazing season the Manchester United and Portugal winger had in 2007/2008.
While there will be few arguments against most inclusions in the final World XI list, the presence of Puyol and Kaka is surprising considering that many other defenders and midfielders in the list of 55 nominees had far better seasons than those two. Still, it’s fellow professionals voting for each other and merit can only get you so far.
Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Celtic), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United).
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Paolo Maldini (AC Milan), Pepe (Real Madrid), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), John Terry (Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Yuriy Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow).
Midfielders: Deco (Chelsea), Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Michael Essien (Chelsea), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Kaka (AC Milan), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid), Xavi (Barcelona).
Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United), Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Carlos Tevez (Manchester Untied), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Valencia).
FifPro World XI:
Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain/Real Madrid)
Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid); John Terry (England/Chelsea); Carles Puyol (Spain/ Barcelona); Rio Ferdinand (England/Manchester United)
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (England/Liverpool); Xavi (Spain/Barcelona); Kaka (Brazil/AC Milan).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona); Fernando Torres (Spain/Liverpool); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Manchester United)