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''Booed'' Cristiano Ronaldo fans' choice for young player award

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Berlin, July 6 (UNI) Booing by the Munich crowd in the semi-final and the controversy over Wayne Rooney red card episode could not prevent Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo from being voted the favourite young player of the world cup by soccer fans across the globe.

The Manchester United star received the highest number of votes 210290; 27 per cent) at the end of internet voting at the official FIFA website ahead of Ecuador midfielder Luis Valencia (195377; 25 per cent) and Argentine teen sensation Lionel Messi (114978; 15 per cent).

The young trio have now joined the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) nominees -- Lukas Podolski of Germany, Tranquilo Barnetta of Switzerland and Cesc Fabregas of Spain -- for the Best Young Player of the Tournament Award to be decided by the 14-member TSG tomorrow.

In the FIFA fans voting, Podolski was fourth, England's Rooney fifth, Chu Young Park of South Korea while Fabregas was eighth and Barnetta fourteenth.

This is the first time that FIFA has decided to award the Best Young Player Trophy to a player born on or after January 1, 1985 who makes the biggest impression at the World Cup. The criteria for the award includes style, charisma, fair play and appetite for the game, as well as pure technical skill.

The internet voting began on June 9 to choose from among forty-one players from the 32 competing teams and ended yesterday.

Three players who receive the most votes through FIFA's website voting join three others chosen by FIFA's Technical Study Group (TSG) with the TSG deciding the eventual winner.

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