The lights may have gone out on the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France but Zinedine Zidane , currently signed on with Juventus, was the clear favourite with 518 points followed by Ronaldo with 164 and Davor Suker with 108 points.
Just the facts:
A total of 93 national team coaches, a clear majority of the record 129 coaches that participated in this years vote, nominated Zinedine Zidane as their top choice for 1998 FIFA World Player of the Year.
The recipients of the other FIFA awards have already been announced:
- Team of the Year - Brazil
- Best Mover of the Year - Croatia
- FIFA Fair Play Prize for 1998 - US Soccer, IR Iran Football Federation, Irish Football Association
- adidas Golden Ball France 98 - Ronaldo (Brazil)
- adidas Silver Ball France 98 - Davor Suker (Croatia)
- adidas Bronze Ball France 98 - Lilian Thuram (France)
- adidas Golden Shoe France 98 - Davor Suker (Croatia)
- adidas Silver Shoe France 98 - Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina) and Christian Vieri (Italy)
- Lev Yashin Award for the Best Goalkeeper of France 98 - Fabien Barthez (France)
- France 98 Most Entertaining Team Award - France
- France 98 Fastest Goal Award - Celso Ayala (Paraguay)
- FIFA France 98 Fair Play Award - England and France jointly