Also announced at the Gala was the FIFA Interactive World Player Award 2004 which went to the winner of a four month worldwide gaming contest.
The highlight of the event was the announcements of the FIFA Women's World Player 2004, which went to German striker Birgit Prinz, and the FIFA World Player 2004 winner Ronaldinho. His award was decided by a poll of 157 international soccer coaches and, for the first time, 145 national team captains. This combination of an award bestowed by the industry's world governing body, and voted on by its leading practitioners, makes the FIFA World Player Award the most coveted personal award in soccer. For maintaining such a high profile, and highly respected industry award ... FIFA, we salute you!