During the build-up to the World Cup last June, Zinedine Zidane was hailed all over France as the Messiah who would lead Aimé Jacquet's squad to the pinnacle of world football. Without him, everyone said, no hope.
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.
Millions of TV viewers throughout Europe and beyond will be watching on Monday evening when the FIFA World Player of the Year for 1998 will be revealed during a star-studded ceremony in Barcelona.
The FIFA Fair Play Prize for 1998 has been awarded jointly to the national associations of Iran, the United States and Northern Ireland.
The world's national trainers have voted for the eighth time, and the big question to be answered is: Will Ronaldo be chosen as FIFA World Footballer of the Year for the third time in succession? The answer will be made known at the Gala in ...