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4 Brazilians in Golden Ball top 10

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Four Brazilians including the three Rs -- Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho -- and two German players are among 10 players nominated for the best player's award at the 2002 World Cup.

Wing back Roberto Carlos makes up the Brazilian quartet in line for the "Golden Ball" while goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and playmaker Michael Ballack are the Germans named. Ballack will miss Sunday's final against Brazil because of suspension.

Co-hosts South Korea are represented by captain and centre back Hong Myung-bo who is playing at his fourth finals.

The full list is:

Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho (Brazil)

Oliver Kahn, Michael Ballack (Germany)

El Hadji Diouf (Senegal)

Fernando Hierro (Spain)

Hasan Sas (Turkey)

Hong Myung-bo (South Korea)

The 10 have been nominated by FIFA's technical committee but the winner will be decided by voting by the media on June 30, the day of the final.

Brazil's Romario was voted player of the tournament in 1994 and Ronaldo in 1998. The vote was taken before the final in which Zinedine Zidane, later voted FIFA World Player of the Year, scored two goals.

Zidane finished only sixth in the 1998 World Cup best player's poll.

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