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Kaka is runaway winner of 2007 Golden Ball
December 3rd, 2007 9:15AM

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Brazilian Kaka was awarded the 2007 Golden Ball (Ballon d'Or) as the winner of the former European Player of the Year award.

Kaka, who led the 2006-07 Champions League in scoring with 10 goals for champion AC Milan, beat out Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Barcelona's Lionel Messi of Argentina, Chelsea's Ivorian striker, Didier Drogba, and Italian Andrea Pirlo, Kaka's AC Milan teammate.

The 25-year-old Kaka is the first winner since France Football magazine, which has organized the award since 1956, opened up the award in 2007 to players from around the world and expanded the voting from 52 European journalists to 96 journalists from around the world.

Kaka was the No. 1 selection on 78 of the 96 ballots.

The following was the ballot of Soccer America Managing Editor Paul Kennedy, representing the United States:
1. Kaka
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Lionel Messi
4. Didier Drogba
5. Juan Roman Riquelme

2007 GOLDEN BALL
1. Kaka (AC Milan), 444 pts.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), 277 pts.
3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona), 255 pts.
4. Didier Drogba (Chelsea), 108 pts.
5. Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), 41 pts.
6. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid), 39 pts.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan), 31 pts.
8. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), 27 pts.
9. Robinho (Real Madrid), 24 pts.
10. Francesco Totti (Roma), 20 pts.
11. Frederic Kanoute (Sevilla), 19 pts.
12. Ronaldinho (Barcelone), 18 pts.
13. Steven Gerrard ( Liverpool), 17 pts.
14. Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors), 15 pts.
15. Daniel Alves (Sevilla), 14 pts.
16. Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan), 12 pts.
17. Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), 10 pts.
18. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan AC), 8 pts.
19. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) 7 pts.
19. Petr Cech (Chelsea), 7 pts.
19. Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), 7 pts.
19. Thierry Henry (Barcelona), 7 pts.
19. Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan), 7 pts.
24. Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), 5 pts.
24. Michael Essien (Chelsea), 5 pts.
26. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), 4 pts.
27. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), 3 pts.
27. Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo), 3 pts.
29. Younis Mahmoud (Al-Gharafa), 2 pts.
30. Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham), 1 pt.
30. Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona), 1pt.
30. Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), 1pt.
30. Guillermo Ochoa (Club America), 1pt.
30. Carlos Tevez (Manchester United), 1pt.
30. Robin van Persie (Arsenal), 1 pt.

GOLDEN BALL WINNERS
1956 -- Stanley Matthews, Blackpool
1957 -- Alfredo Di Stefano, Real Madrid
1958 -- Raymond Kopa, Real Madrid
1959 -- Alfredo Di Stefano, Real Madrid
1960 -- Luis Suarez, Barcelona
1961 -- Omar Sivori, Juventus
1962 -- Josef Masopust, Dukla Prague
1963 -- Lev Yashin, Dynamo Moscow
1964 -- Denis Law, Manchester United
1965 -- Eusebio, Benfica
1966 -- Bobby Charlton, Manchester United
1967 -- Florian Albert, Ferencvaros
1968 -- George Best, Manchester United
1969 -- Gianni Rivera, AC Milan
1970 -- Gerd Mueller, Bayern Munich
1971 -- Johan Cruyff, Ajax
1972 -- Franz Beckenbauer, Bayern Munich
1973 -- Johan Cruyff, Barcelona
1974 -- Johan Cruyff, Barcelona
1975 -- Oleg Blokhin, Dynamo Kiev
1976 -- Franz Beckenbauer, Bayern Munich
1977 -- Allan Simonsen, Borussia Moenchengladbach
1978 -- Kevin Keegan, Hamburg
1979 -- Kevin Keegan, Hamburg
1980 -- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern Munich
1981 -- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern Munich
1982 -- Paolo Rossi, Juventus
1983 -- Michel Platini, Juventus
1984 -- Michel Platini, Juventus
1985 -- Michel Platini, Juventus
1986 -- Igor Belanov, Dynamo Kiev
1987 -- Ruud Gullit, AC Milan
1988 -- Marco Van Basten, AC Milan
1989 -- Marco Van Basten, AC Milan
1990 -- Lothar Matthaus, Inter Milan
1991 -- Jean-Pierre Papin, Marseille
1992 -- Marco Van Basten, AC Milan
1993 -- Roberto Baggio, Juventus of Turin
1994 -- Hristo Stoichkov, Barcelona
1995 -- George Weah, AC Milan
1996 -- Matthias Sammer, Borussia Dortmund
1997 -- Ronaldo, Inter Milan
1998 -- Zinedine Zidane, Juventus
1999 -- Rivaldo, Barcelona
2000 -- Luis Figo, Real Madrid
2001 -- Michael Owen, Liverpool
2002 -- Ronaldo, Real Madrid
2003 -- Pavel Nedved, Juventus
2004 -- Andriy Shevchenko, AC Milan
2005 -- Ronaldinho, Barcelona
2006 -- Fabio Cannavaro, Real Madrid
2007 -- Kaka, AC Milan

 



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