http://www.arsenal.com/sportsappcontroller.jsp?command=forwardOnly&nextPage=websiteindex The winner of the European Footballer of the Year Award, known as the Balon D'Or (Golden Ball), has been announced. Judged by France Football magazine and voted by 52 of the publication's correspondents, the Balon D'Or winner for 2003 was Juventus and Czech Republic midfielder Pavel Nedved. Arsenal striker Thierry Henry came second, with AC Milan's Paolo Maldini finishing in third spot. BALLON D'OR PLACINGS: 1. Pavel Nedved (Juventus) 2. Thierry Henry (Arsenal) 3. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan) 4. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) 5. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) Congratulations to Thierry for this huge recognition, which adds to his second place in the FIFA World Player of the Year Award last week.