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.
Barcelona have denied reports they have made an offer for Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo.
The European champions and rivals Real Madrid have both been linked with a big-money move for the Portugal star.
Ronaldo, 21, signed a two-year deal in November 2005 that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2010 but has yet to agree terms on a new contract.
But Barcelona president Joan Laporta said he has too much respect for United to talk about moves for any of their players.
“I have good institutional relations with David Gill [United chief executive] and we have not made an offer for Cristiano,” he said.
“Of course, he is one of the best players in the world, he is young, he has a good projection. But we are very happy with the players in our team and we are not making any offer for any player.
Barcelona vice-president Ferran Soriano has insisted the Catalan giants have made no approach to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United’s brilliant Portugal winger has reportedly become a major transfer target of both Barcelona and their major Primera Liga rivals Real Madrid.
Even though both Sir Alex Ferguson and United chief executive David Gill have rejected any notion of the 21-year-old being sold, rumours of a summer move persist, with a fee in the region of £45million being mentioned.
The speculation was only heightened on Tuesday when Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was seen meeting Barca’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain at a plush London hotel before they sat next to each other at the Emirates Stadium when Ronaldo skippered Portugal to a famous win over Brazil.
However, the Catalans have moved quickly to distance themselves from talk of a move for the United man, with Soriano indicating Barca were already well served for attacking players.