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2008 Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 2008 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in the world as judged by an international panel of sports journalists, was awarded to Cristiano Ronaldo[1] on 2 December 2008.[2]

Ronaldo was the third Portuguese national to win the award after Eusébio (1965) and Luís Figo (2000). He was the fourth Manchester United player to win the trophy after Denis Law (1964), Bobby Charlton (1966), and George Best (1968).[3]


Rank Player Nationality Club Points
1 Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United 446
2 Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 281
3 Fernando Torres  Spain England Liverpool 179
4 Iker Casillas  Spain Spain Real Madrid 133
5 Xavi  Spain Spain Barcelona 97
6 Andrei Arshavin  Russia England Arsenal 64
7 David Villa  Spain Spain Valencia 55
8 Kaká  Brazil Italy Milan 31
9 Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden Italy Internazionale 30
10 Steven Gerrard  England England Liverpool 28
11 Marcos Senna  Spain Spain Villarreal 16
12 Emmanuel Adebayor  Togo England Arsenal 12
13 Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United 11
14 Sergio Agüero  Argentina Spain Atlético Madrid 10
15 Frank Lampard  England England Chelsea 8
16 Franck Ribéry  France Germany Bayern Munich 7
17 Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon Spain Barcelona 6
18 Gianluigi Buffon  Italy Italy Juventus 5
19 Michael Ballack  Germany England Chelsea 4
Cesc Fàbregas  Spain England Arsenal 4
21 Didier Drogba  Côte d'Ivoire England Chelsea 3
Sergio Ramos  Spain Spain Real Madrid 3
Nemanja Vidić  Serbia England Manchester United 3
24 Edwin van der Sar  Netherlands England Manchester United 2
Ruud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands Spain Real Madrid 2

Additionally, five players were nominated but received no votes: Karim Benzema (Lyon), Pepe (Real Madrid), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), and Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow).[2]


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