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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