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Last Updated: Tuesday December 18 2007 12:59 GMT

Kaka voted world's best player

Kaka holding up his award

AC Milan and Brazil footie star Kaka has been voted the best player in the world by other players and managers.

Kaka beat Argentinean striker Lionel Messi and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award, which is run by world football bosses Fifa.

It comes at the end of an amazing year for the 25-year-old. He's led AC Milan to Champions League victory, and also been named European player of the year.

Kaka described winning the Fifa award as "really special".

World's best players
Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi
1 - Kaka
2 - Lionel Messi
3 - Cristiano Ronaldo
"I had always thought about winning this award, but there are always doubts until it is actually confirmed," he said.

"It is not just this award, but the whole year that has been very nice. Winning the Champions League and everything that has happened, it's just been wonderful."

A Brazilian player also won the women's player of the year award

Marta took home the prize for the second year running, beating Germany's World Cup-winning captain Birgit Prinz and fellow Brazilian Cristiane.

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