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Kaka wins 2007 award
Kaka celebrates with the Ballon D'Or in 2007

In 2007, the Ballon d'Or voting changed again. Now, players from every nationality from every club around the world were eligible to win.

As a result, the number of journalists allowed to vote also increased, with 96 from across the globe picking their top five players from the shortlist, rather than the 52 European-based journalists in 2006.

The result was little more than a formality, with brilliant Brazilian midfielder Kaka comfortably seeing off the challenge of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

He was justifiably rewarded for leading Milan to the Champions League crown.

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