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The year is coming to an end, which means it is time for football’s annual awards, including the mischievous top-of-the-flops variety.
In Italy listeners of Rai radio show Catersport voted Inter Milan’s 18.6-million-euro signing Ricardo Quaresma Serie A’s worst player of 2008.
With Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or and favourite for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, there’s a nice symmetry about another Portuguese player taking a top booby prize.
It’s a spectacular showing in a way, as Quaresma has only been in Serie A since the close season, but still got almost twice as many votes as his nearest rival for the ‘Golden Bin’ gong, Atalanta’s former Italy striker Christian Vieri.