Ennio Leanza, Associated Press
Zurich's Silvan Aegerter, left, fights for the ball with Milan's Ronaldinho, right, during the UEFA Champions League Group C soccer match between Switzerland's FC Zurich and Italy's AC Milan at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday.

LONDON — The Brazilian star Ronaldinho has been selected soccer player of the decade by World Soccer magazine.

Ronaldinho finished ahead of Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo in the voting.

Ronaldinho, a playmaker for AC Milan, helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup and Barcelona capture the 2006 Champions League.

The results were announced Thursday and determined by annual votes between 2000 and 2009.