Posted on December 16, 2007
Brazilian playmaker Kaka admitted to feeling “really satisfied” after he helped AC Milan beat Boca Juniors 4-2 to win the FIFA Club World Cup.
The 25-year-old will travel to Zurich immediately after Sunday’s win over the South American champions having underlined his status as favourite to win the FIFA World Player of the Year crown ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Kaka scored once and set up both of Filippo Inzaghi’s goals at the Yokohama International Stadium as Milan ran out 4-2 winners over Boca, avenging their defeat to the team from Buenos Aires in the Intercontinental Cup in 2003.
“I’m really satisfied,” said Kaka, who was part of the Brazil squad that won the World Cup in the same stadium in 2002.
“This was the only trophy I wanted that was missing and I can’t put my feelings into words.
“I have managed to win all the trophies that I thought would be difficult to win.”
Kaka, who was recently named European Player of the Year, set up Milan’s opener in the 21st minute when he laid the ball across the face of goal for Inzaghi to slide his shot home.
Milan’s lead lasted barely a minute, however, as Rodrigo Palacio glanced his header across Dida’s goal and into the bottom corner of the goal as the Argentinians took charge.
Five minutes after the restart Alessandro Nesta put Milan in front again with a top class finish that belied a lack of goals throughout an impressive career, the former Lazio man hammering the ball into the top corner after Massimo Ambrosini’s miss-kick.
Boca full-back Hugo Ibarra hit the post with his long range attempt nine minutes later only for Milan to go further ahead, this time thanks to the brilliance of Kaka.
The Brazilian tore down Boca’s right flank before cutting inside defender Jonatan Maidana and slipping the ball under the body of goalkeeper Mauricio Caranta.
With 19 minutes remaining Kaka then set up Inzaghi for his second and Milan’s fourth when he relayed Clarence Seedorf’s pass into the striker’s path to put the result beyond doubt.
Kakha Kaladze’s sending off for a foul on Leandro Gracian took some of the gloss off Milan’s win and five minutes from time Massimo Ambrosini put the ball in his own net to reduce the deficit for Boca.
But the Argentinians’ evening went from bad to worse two minutes from the end when substitute Pablo Ledesma received a red card from referee Marco Rodriguez for a foul on Kaka.