Fabio Cannavaro is FIFA World Player of the Year 2006

Italy and Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has become the first defender to win the FIFA world player of the year. The ” Berlin Wall” polled 498 votes to bag the award ahead of Zinedine Zidane ( 445) and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho ( 380).

Cannavaro also won the European player of the year in 2006 and this award caps what has been an excellent year for the former Parma, Juve and Inter Milan fullback.

Brazilian Marta won the womens’ award for the same..

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