Germany's captain Oliver KAHN became the first goalkeeper to win the adidas Golden Ball Award for a FIFA World Cup final competition. The 33-year old, whose heroic saves saw Germany through to the Final, obtained 25% of the votes cast by the media present at the third-place match in Daegu and the Final in Yokohama.
|**2002 FIFA World Cup: adidas Golden Ball Award**|
|**adidas Golden Ball**||Oliver KAHN|
|**adidas Silver Ball**||RONALDO|
|**adidas Bronze Ball**||HONG Myung Bo|
|**HONG Myung BO**||**KOR**||**108**||**18%**|
|El Hadji DIOUF||SEN||15||3%|
Three days before the Final, adidas, Official Sponsor, Supplier and Licensee of the 2002 FIFA World Cup(TM), had announced ten nominees for the adidas Golden Ball, arguably the most prestigious individual award in the world of football. Out of these ten nominated players, selected by the the FIFA Technical Study Group, representatives of the media elected the winners of the adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball.
adidas presented a new trophy for this competition. The new trophy carries the names of each of the five former winners: Paolo ROSSI (ITA), Diego MARADONA (ARG), Toto SCHILLACI (ITA), ROMARIO (BRA) and RONALDO (BRA). The names of all future winners will be added to the trophy over the years. The design of the new adidas Golden Ball trophy is based on the historical adidas Chile football from 1962. The trophy will remain the property of adidas and FIFA and will be on permanent display in FIFA House, Zurich, Switzerland.
|1982||Spain||Paolo ROSSI (ITA)|
|1986||Mexico||Diego MARADONA (ARG)|
|1990||Italy||Salvatore SCHILLACI (ITA)|