Ballon d'Or 2007

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The 2007 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in the world as judged by an international panel of sports journalists, was awarded to Kaká.[1][2] This was the first year in which players from clubs outside of the UEFA federation were eligible for nomination; this change also led to an increase in the voting pool to include journalists from outside UEFA countries.[3]

Kaká was the fourth Brazilian national to win the award after Ronaldo (1997, 2002), Rivaldo (1999), and Ronaldinho (2005). He was the sixth Milan player to win the trophy after Gianni Rivera (1969), Ruud Gullit (1987), Marco van Basten (1988, 1989, 1992), George Weah (1995), and Andriy Shevchenko (2004).

Rankings[edit]

2007 Ballon d'Or winner Kaká
Rank Player Nationality Club Points
1 Kaká  Brazil Italy Milan 444
2 Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United 277
3 Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 255
4 Didier Drogba  Côte d'Ivoire England Chelsea 108
5 Andrea Pirlo  Italy Italy Milan 41
6 Ruud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands Spain Real Madrid 39
7 Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden Italy Internazionale 31
8 Cesc Fàbregas  Spain England Arsenal 27
9 Robinho  Brazil Spain Real Madrid 24
10 Francesco Totti  Italy Italy Roma 20
11 Frédéric Kanouté  Mali Spain Sevilla 19
12 Ronaldinho  Brazil Spain Barcelona 18
13 Steven Gerrard  England England Liverpool 17
14 Juan Román Riquelme  Argentina Spain Villarreal
Argentina Boca Juniors
15
15 Dani Alves  Brazil Spain Sevilla 14
16 Filippo Inzaghi  Italy Italy Milan 12
17 Franck Ribéry  France France Marseille
Germany Bayern Munich
10
18 Paolo Maldini  Italy Italy Milan 8
19 Gianluigi Buffon  Italy Italy Juventus 7
Petr Čech  Czech Republic England Chelsea 7
Gennaro Gattuso  Italy Italy Milan 7
Thierry Henry  France England Arsenal
Spain Barcelona
7
Clarence Seedorf  Netherlands Italy Milan 7
24 Fabio Cannavaro  Italy Spain Real Madrid 5
Michael Essien  Ghana England Chelsea 5
26 Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United 4
27 Iker Casillas  Spain Spain Real Madrid 3
Rogério Ceni  Brazil Brazil São Paulo 3
29 Younis Mahmoud  Iraq Qatar Al-Gharafa 2
30 Dimitar Berbatov  Bulgaria England Tottenham Hotspur 1
Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon Spain Barcelona 1
Ryan Giggs  Wales England Manchester United 1
Carlos Tevez  Argentina England West Ham United
England Manchester United
1
Robin van Persie  Netherlands England Arsenal 1

Additionally, the following 15 players were nominated but received no votes:

Player Nationality Club
Éric Abidal  France France Lyon
Spain Barcelona
David Beckham  England Spain Real Madrid
United States LA Galaxy
Deco  Portugal Spain Barcelona
Mahamadou Diarra  Mali Spain Real Madrid
Diego  Brazil Germany Werder Bremen
Miroslav Klose  Germany Germany Werder Bremen
Germany Bayern Munich
Florent Malouda  France France Lyon
England Chelsea
Shunsuke Nakamura  Japan Scotland Celtic
Ricardo Quaresma  Portugal Portugal Porto
Raúl  Spain Spain Real Madrid
Paul Scholes  England England Manchester United
Luca Toni  Italy Germany Bayern Munich
Kolo Touré  Côte d'Ivoire England Arsenal
Fernando Torres  Spain Spain Atlético Madrid
England Liverpool
David Villa  Spain Spain Valencia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2007". RSSSF. 9 October 2008. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Kakà, King of the World". France Football. 2 December 2007. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Kaka wins 2007 award". BBC Sport. 1 December 2008. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 

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