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And the Winners Are.....

....both from Brazil.

FIFA named its world players of the year in Zurich tonight.

Kaka and Marta, take a bow.

Not much change in the world team rankings.

By Steve Goff  |  December 17, 2007; 3:06 PM ET
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Ridiculous. There is no way Kaka was the best player in the world throughout the whole year. They wouldn't be in the champions league this year if they had not won it. Hmmm what is AC Milan doing in 11th place in Serie A..winless at home.

Ronaldo is twice the player Kaka is.

Posted by: Garret | December 17, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Riquelme was the best player in the world last year.

Posted by: Eric | December 17, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Somewhat unrelated. Check out the clips of this eight year old kid scoring from free-kicks and corner kicks.

http://www.youtube.com/nahmel

He's in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Posted by: JP | December 17, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey Steve,

Tracked down Alecko in Liege, did ya? That must be some Contact section in your Outlook.

Care to share it with your friends on The SI?

Posted by: Joe Doc | December 17, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Ronaldo is twice the player Kaka is.

Posted by: Garret | December 17, 2007 03:17 PM

Ronaldo (the Brazilian) is twice the weight of Kaka, for sure.

Ronaldo the Portugese is a hell of a player, but twice Kaka ? I don't think so. maybe even.

Posted by: RFK 315 | December 17, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

No argument on Kaka. But Marta? Sorry, Birgit Prinz is twice the player and she's got the trophies to boot.

Posted by: CMJ | December 17, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Somewhat unrelated. Check out the clips of this eight year old kid scoring from free-kicks and corner kicks.

http://www.youtube.com/nahmel

He's in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Posted by: JP | December 17, 2007 03:49 PM


DP!

Posted by: iammrben | December 17, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

No surprises.

Posted by: sitruc | December 17, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

i'll take kaka and what he did in his CL run over the other two finalists - 1 who cheats by scoring goals with his hand and the other who cheats by earning pks from his dives.

all three are phenomenal players though.

Posted by: aureliano | December 17, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

This leads us to a great question: if you HAD to vote for a men's US player for the FIFA award, who would you vote for?

Alan Gordon, anyone?

Posted by: bristol | December 17, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Messi may not be Fifa player of the year...


...but God is on his side!

¡Viva Argentina!

Posted by: Maradona | December 17, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

God may be on Messi's side, but Kaka belongs to Jesus.

Posted by: Amanda | December 17, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Garret, ditto

Posted by: td | December 17, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone clicked on the rankings? Granted we are not a top ten side, but some of the teams ranked ahead of us are shocking. Mexico, Greece, Romania, Colombia,and Bulgaria all ranked ahead of the Red white and blue; you must be kidding FIFA. Other than at high smoggy altitude when was the last time Mexico beat the US? So we win our conferation championship and the second place team gets ranked ahead. Awesome! That sounds like FIFA takes thier championships seriously...

Posted by: FIFA Sucks | December 17, 2007 6:26 PM | Report abuse

@ FIFA Sucks:

FIFA uses a formula to figure their ranking, and it favors World Cup performance over confederation tournaments, which themselves are favored over other matches.

That said, our head-to-head performance against MEX isn't as important as, say, a first round flame-out in the World Cup, especially when El Tri advanced pretty far.

At the same time, though, when an "unexpected" team cracks the top 10 again, watch for them to change the formula, just like they did for the WC seeding formula last time when they jerrymandered a new formula to seed the Mexicans ahead of the US...

Posted by: AT | December 17, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't think US fans (which I am) can complain about the ranking until we beat a quality team other than Mexico. Teams like Columbia and Greece have played better in major tournaments, like Copa America and Euro Championships, respectively. Columbia won Copa America in 2001 and placed 4th in '04 Plus they just beat Argentina in qualifying. Greece won Euro 2004. While beating Mexico on our home turf in the Gold Cup is nice, the US side must play tougher opponents, which they are, and win. Simply giving Brazil a good game isn't enough.

Kaka is the world's best player; watch his game vs. Boca Juniors and you'll see why.

Posted by: CY | December 17, 2007 9:53 PM | Report abuse

What's also curious about the rankings are how quickly the several African nations which worked they way up have fallen out again....

I don't think it's because of many lost matches either.

Posted by: LD | December 17, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Kaka' and Marta were easily the best in the world in 2007...

Posted by: JP_2 | December 17, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Ronaldo is twice the player Kaka is.

Posted by: Garret | December 17, 2007 03:17 PM

Comments like this don't belong on Soccer Insider. It's too good a blog.

Posted by: ZH | December 17, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Who the hell pays attention to FIFA rankings - they are useless.

Cristiano Ronaldo should've won the trophy, not Kaka. Sure, he was the most dynamic player in a Milan side that won the CL and tanked in Serie A. Cristiano Ronaldo was the most dynamic player in a ManU side that won the EPL and got to the semi's in the CL. He was most consistent throughout the year.

Of course if Cristiano Ronaldo had been born, in say, Recife and wore the Yellow Brazilian shirt instead of the RedWine Portuguese shirt, he woulda won the trophy.

For the record, I'm a Liverpool fan that despises ManU, but C. Ronaldo was the best player in the wolrd last year.

Posted by: Vic | December 18, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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