Cannavaro and Marta voted FIFA players of the year

December 18, 2006
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Fabio Cannavaro was voted FIFA Player of the Year on Monday, becoming the first defender to earn the honor and only the second Italian.

Brazilian midfielder Marta was voted FIFA Women's Player of the Year, with U.S. forward Kristine Lilly finishing second.

The 33-year-old Cannavaro, who captained Italy to its fourth World Cup title, finished with 498 points in voting by national team coaches and captains.

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