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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

FIFA 2008 Male and Female Player's of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo and Marta are world players of year

Marta of Brazil and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal pose with the trophies as FIFA's world soccer players of the year during the awards ceremony in Zurich on Monday.
Ronaldo, the young Portuguese star who led Manchester United to two major titles, was heavy favorite for FIFA men's award. Brazil's Marta wins women's award for third time.

Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portugal winger led Manchester United to the Premier League and Champions League titles in May. He scored 42 goals in all competitions last season and became the first English Premier League player to win the award in its 18-year history.
Marta of Brazil
Like just about all the great Brazilian soccer stars, Marta Vieira da Silva is known by a single name. When she swivels, defenders spin to follow her darting feet. She’s slight, but her thin legs generate graceful power and audacious fakes. She can sprint and yet linger over the ball, punching it off her heel or instep without breaking stride.
She grew up poor in Brazil and her idols were such one-name wonders as Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Her moves are similar, her goals equally ambitious.

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