Germany's Kahn edges Ronaldo for Golden Ball awardPosted: Tuesday July 02, 2002 2:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday July 02, 2002 4:58 AM
TOKYO (AP) -- German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn lost his showdown with Ronaldo during the World Cup Final, giving up two goals to the Brazilian. But on Tuesday, Kahn got some consolation: He edged the striker in a poll to be named player of the tournament.
Kahn garnered a total of 147 media votes against Ronaldo's 126 to win the Golden Ball Award. Hong Myung-bo, captain of co-hosts South Korea, finished third with 108 votes.
The Golden Ball Award, sponsored by German sportswear maker Adidas, is meant to recognize the outstanding individual player during the World Cup tournament.
Bayern Munich player Kahn -- whose exploits during the World Cup earned him the unofficial title of "Best Goalkeeper in the World" in countless sports stories -- looked devastated after Germany's 2-0 loss Sunday to Brazil.
It was a Kahn fumble in the beginning of the second half that allowed Ronaldo to charge into the penalty area and net the first goal.
After the match Kahn slumped into the goal he'd protected so well throughout the tournament, his shoulders cradled by the net. Ronaldo wept with joy.
Ballots were cast by journalists who were present at the World Cup third-place game between South Korea and Turkey played at Daegu, South Korea, and the final between Germany and Brazil at Yokohama, Japan.
The award was announced on the FIFA World Cup Web site.