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Kaka’s reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo’s fifth Ballon d’Or win was perfect

The Brazilian midfielder was the last man before Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the award

You may have heard by now that Cristiano Ronaldo is rather good at football.

Need proof? Just look at his collection of Ballon d’Or awards.

The Portuguese superstar won the top individual award in football for the fifth time last night, drawing level with Lionel Messi.


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The pair’s duopoly has lasted a decade as the two superhumans of our era have firmly established themselves as the two best players in the game, and perhaps even of all time.

It was 2007 when the last mortal held aloft the Ballon d’Or.

Kaka picked up the award after inspiring AC Milan to Champions League glory.

At the ceremony in Paris last night, the Brazilian midfielder was asked to give his thoughts on Ronaldo and Messi’s decade of dominance and his response was perfect.

Kaka said: “This years is ten years since I won the Ballon d’Or and every time Cristiano or Messi wins it’s good for me because everyone remembers mine.”

His tongue-in-cheek answer hints at something unintentional pertinent.

We have grown so accustomed to the Ballon d’Or being a two horse race that many of us have long given up the consideration that somebody else could win it.

Kaka’s win way back in 2007 is a distant reminder of life before the Real Madrid and Barcelona legends’ peak.

Kaka and Ronaldo were team-mates at Real Madrid once upon a time

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Kaka and Ronaldo were team-mates at Real Madrid once upon a time

It is easy for us to take their brilliance for granted but a decade of superiority is too great a feat to pass by without proper appreciation.

We have been spoiled by Ronaldo and Messi — two once in a century players flourishing at the same time, forcing each other to improve and guarding against complacency.

With both players now the wrong side of 30, soon we will have another winner, a new winner.

Won’t that be odd?