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Ricardo Kaka has been crowned the new winner of the Pallone D'Oro succeeding players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and his teammate Andrea Pirlo. The Brazilian has become the eighth player in Milan's history to walk away with the trophy, and there really couldn't have been any complaints.
Kaka has won nearly everything a player can win in football at just 25 years of age. After having a fantastic season last year with the rossoneri, which saw him finish the Champions League top goalscorer, win the Champoins League and walk away with prizes for the best player of the tournament and for the best forward, there really were no questions over who was to get the award.
The Milan star received his award today in Paris and celebrations will follow with a tour and party on the Eiffel tour later this afternoon. Ricky, as his teammates call him, was quick to thank everyone that helped him win this prestigious award; "It is a great emotion, and I thank everyone. It is a special day for me and the rossoneri fans. "
After winning this ward it is expected that he will do the double and take home the award for FIFA World Player of the Year and quite rightly so.
CONGRATS RICKY! You have made the rossoneri faithful proud.
Milan's players position for Pollone D'oro
1- Ricky Kakà
16- Filippo Inzaghi
18- Paolo Maldini 19-Clarence Seedorf, Rino Gattuso.