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Andriy Shevchenko will fulfil a lifelong ambition when he is confirmed as winner of the prestigious Ballon D'Or tomorrow. Shevchenko has pipped Ronaldinho, Deco and Thierry Henry to the prize, which is voted for by journalists from 52 European countries.

"The award would be the supreme recognition for what I have accomplished since I first starting kicking a ball," said the Ukrainian, whose 24 goals last season helped AC Milan secure their first Serie A title in five years.

"As I've never played in a World Cup or European Championship, I don't enjoy such a favourable stage as other players," added the 28-year-old, scorer of the winning penalty in the 2003 Champions League final shoot-out against Juventus. "I always dreamed of winning the Ballon D'Or, but with Milan or with Ukraine the results were never spectacular enough. For a long time I was seen as a player from the east who didn't have the opportunity to shine in an international tournament, but since joining Milan in 1999 I have built myself a new personality."

Shevchenko, who has finished third in the voting twice before - in 1999 (behind Rivaldo and David Beckham) and 2000 (behind Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane) - claimed his mental strength is what separates him from his rivals. When he was rejected by a specialist sports school after messing up his dribbling test aged nine, he missed school for 10 straight days so he could practise. That same year, his family were forced to move to Maceivka near the Black Sea after the Chernobyl disaster.

"It is all in my head, nothing can affect me," he said. "I have never lost my grip. Unlike other footballers from Ukraine, I am never discouraged if I am hurt by an injury or go through a spell without a goal. In my head I'm always ready to go further."

His next challenge could be against English opposition in the Champions League's first knockout round next February. Friday's draw could see Liverpool or Manchester United line up against Milan, who finished ahead of Barcelona in their group.

"We are confident whoever we play," he warned. "The team is playing well at the moment and we are not afraid of anyone." It has been a great autumn for Shevchenko. He recently celebrated scoring his 100th goal in Serie A and his American wife Kristen gave birth to their first child, a son named Jordan. "I couldn't imagine calling him Vladimir," the proud father explained. "I want him to be a citizen of the world,"

The Ballon D'Or caps what Shevchenko has called the best year of his life. "The winner leaves his signature in international football. He's not just No 1 for one year, because his name goes down in history. This kind of reward should go to a player who has marked his time.

"I have achieved a lot in the last five years, including the Champions League and the Italian league and I am one of the best goalscorers in the history of the club."




Too bad for ronaldinho and Henry! :D
 

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Shevchenko is one of kind.regadless of the hardship and discrougment he was able to become what he is today.I have nothing but great respect and admiration for him.He sure is a worthy of this prize and many more to come.what i was struck by most was his self-believe and strong will to be the best .congragulations. :) :) :)
 

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Erm... not to burst any bubbles here but isnt the official notice only on the 20th?
 

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BeiraMarense said:
Erm... not to burst any bubbles here but isnt the official notice only on the 20th?
That is the World Player of the Year award as I understand it. Darth Blatter's award.

Golden Ball on Tuesday I think.
 

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The winner of Le Ballon d'Or will be announced tomorrow night in Paris. :cool: Apparently, it will be :star: Sheva :star: :stuckup::devil:

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FORZA VENTO DI PASSIONI!!!:proud::star: :devil:

Cheers.;)
 

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i would have gone for deco
 

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good for him GREAT PLAYER!
 

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Soccer Band said:
Shevchenko is one of kind.regadless of the hardship and discrougment he was able to become what he is today.I have nothing but great respect and admiration for him.He sure is a worthy of this prize and many more to come.what i was struck by most was his self-believe and strong will to be the best .congragulations. :) :) :)

Just to let you know, it is customary to press the space bar after each full stop. :)
 

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what an arrogant ****.

but anyway, i dont see the difference between this award and world player of the year. surely if you are the best in the world you are the best in europe???

and also, how shevchenko can possibly win it is beyond me as all he is is a goalscorer while henry is much much more AND has scored more goals
 

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:star: Vento di Passioni :star: receiving the Ballon d'Or/Pallone d'Oro from France Football's editor's hands!:stuckup::proud:


Cheers.;)
 

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what is the difference between the european player of the year and the world player of the year. i dont understand how u can be the best in the world but not the best in europe
 

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Petros said:
what an arrogant ****.

but anyway, i dont see the difference between this award and world player of the year. surely if you are the best in the world you are the best in europe???

and also, how shevchenko can possibly win it is beyond me as all he is is a goalscorer while henry is much much more AND has scored more goals
a) The FIFA Player of the Year award and the Ballon d'Or are 2 different trophies. The FIFA one is where (before) NT coaches of all the NT's in the world would vote but now, it's also the captain of each NT in the world, both men and women NT's.

While the Ballon d'Or is a vote cast by journalists of every country in Europe.

b) Henry is a terrific player but the day that he'll make an impact in the big games and deliver for France, then he'll fully deserve it. Sheva delivers in the big games and also with a very limited NT, unlike Henry...:groan:

Just to clarify that I am not yet another one of the Henry bashers in here. At the very opposite as I'm French. I LOVE Titi but he needs to step up to the plate in the big games/occasions. And Sheva is more deadlier and constant right now.:devil:

FORZA SHEVA!!!:star:
FORZA HENRY!!!:star:

Cheers.;)
 

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San Siro said:
a) The FIFA Player of the Year award and the Ballon d'Or are 2 different trophies. The FIFA one is where (before) NT coaches of all the NT's in the world would vote but now, it's also the captain of each NT in the world, both men and women NT's.

While the Ballon d'Or is a vote cast by journalists of every country in Europe.

b) Henry is a terrific player but the day that he'll make an impact in the big games and deliver for France, then he'll fully deserve it. Sheva delivers in the big games and also with a very limited NT, unlike Henry...:groan:

Just to clarify that I am not yet another one of the Henry bashers in here. At the very opposite as I'm French. I LOVE Titi but he needs to step up to the plate in the big games/occasions. And Sheva is more deadlier and constant right now.:devil:

Cheers.;)
yes, but compared to shevchenko, who has also done nothing on the national stage?? yes you may say he plays for a worse team but they did not even qualify, if he was that good he could of got them to qualify.

Also, last year milans and arsenals record is almost identical. both won their leagues and both got to quarters of champions league, so last year how did henry not perform in the big games compared to shevchenko. also henry scored more goals last year and got a hell of a lot of assists.
 

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yes, but compared to shevchenko, who has also done nothing on the national stage?? yes you may say he plays for a worse team but they did not even qualify, if he was that good he could of got them to qualify.
What?? Ukraine is in Europe not in Asia. In the past France, England, Portugal and the Czech Republic have failed to qualify from here. Shev alone cannot carry the Ukrainian NT alone but he is doing a mighty fine job as it is.

If Henry was so good he could've scored at least one goal in the 2002 edition of the Darth Blatter edition of the World Cup. :tongue:

Also, last year milans and arsenals record is almost identical. both won their leagues and both got to quarters of champions league, so last year how did henry not perform in the big games compared to shevchenko. also henry scored more goals last year and got a hell of a lot of assists.
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Petros said:
yes, but compared to shevchenko, who has also done nothing on the national stage?? yes you may say he plays for a worse team but they did not even qualify, if he was that good he could of got them to qualify.

Also, last year milans and arsenals record is almost identical. both won their leagues and both got to quarters of champions league, so last year how did henry not perform in the big games compared to shevchenko. also henry scored more goals last year and got a hell of a lot of assists.
yes but he did that in the large highways of EPL, while Shevchenko has done it against every kind of catenacci or teams

imagine a lower table team who puts 10 men behind the ball, than imagine a man who always scores in this scenario--> shevchenko

we all saw what henry does if tight marked..he's a great player but don't take the scoring ratio of EPL as a paradigma, please. since when is EPL a paradigma for defending skills? There are a bunch of very good defenders but the quality is lower than Serie a all around and it's something the major number of people would agree with

Plus you say "what has sheva done on the NT stage?" ..you must be joking..taking Ukraine over Denamrk or Turkey or other superior teams is an amazing achievement for a team like Ukraine..i assume you've never seen them playing except earlier this season against England..well, they are very poor (no offence for Ukrainians, but i'm too demanding) or at leats decent, but Sheva makes them look dangerous almost alone..
Hnery instead choked with Zidane and Pires feeding him, plus the solid Gallas and Vieira behind him...
 
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