AC Milan Brazilian playmaker Kaka was named as FIFA’s World Player of the Year on Monday (Dec 17) ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

World Player of the Year is picked from a poll by the coaches and captains of 165 national teams (they can’t vote for their team mates).

This is Kaka’s 2nd major personal award in a month after winning the European Player of the Year.

AC Milan playmaker Kaka has been named European Player of the Year for 2007, with Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United in second place.

The Brazilian, 25, was the Champions League’s top scorer last season with 10 goals as he led his team to the title, beating Liverpool in Athens in the final.

He wins the Golden Ball after amassing 444 points in France Football’s survey of 96 journalists from around the world.

Each was asked to vote on a shortlist of 50 players and Ronaldo came a distant second with 277 points.

United winger Ronaldo, 22, was also in sensational form last term, scoring 25 goals in all for the Barclays Premier League club and Portugal.

Barcelona’s 20-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi came third in the vote after emerging as a world-class talent for club and country.

The same trio – Kaka, Ronaldo and Messi – have also been shortlisted for FIFA’s world player of the year award which will be announced in Zurich on December 17.

The scorers: Kaká (11), Clarence Seedorf (30) and Alberto Gilardino (78). Milan into the Champions League final with a 5-3 aggregate.

United’s performance sucks. Credits to Milan, their play were truly master class; but United could have done better, or at least gave Milan a tougher night. In fact, despite conceded 3 goals, goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar was probably United’s best player of the game with a couple of great saves.

Van der Sar couldn’t do much with the first 2 goals; the first one was poor defending, the second one was very much a gift from United defenders.

The anticipated battle of Kaka vs. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t happen as well; it was all one sided performance in favour of Kaka. Ronaldo’s most memorable moment of the game was the yellow card he got late in the game.

If AC Milan does win the Champions League in the end, I bet Kaka will be crowned the next World Footballer of the Year.