Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro gained individual recognition for his performances in this year's tournament in Germany when he was named European Footballer of the Year on Monday.
The Naples-born central defender moved from Juventus to Real Madrid following the Azzurri's success in July and he finds himself in the unusual position of winning the 'golden ball' in a year when his club side was relegated.
Cannavaro helped Juventus to a second straight Serie A title last season but the Turin club were stripped of those honours and demoted to Serie B by a sports tribunal which investigated claims of match-fixing.
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