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Kaká has extra reason to celebrate following AC Milan's 2-1 final victory against Liverpool FC after being confirmed as top scorer in this season's UEFA Champions League.
The Brazilian might not have netted tonight, Filippo Inzaghi scoring twice, but his ten goals in 13 games between the start of the group stage and the Athens final saw him finish comfortably ahead of Real Madrid CF's Ruud van Nistelrooy, Liverpool FC's Peter Crouch, Valencia CF's Fernando Morientes and Chelsea FC's Didier Drogba, all of whom scored six. Another Milan player, Andriy Shevchenko, was the leading marksman in last term's UEFA Champions League, registering nine goals before joining Chelsea.
Van Nistelrooy record
The 25-year-old Kaká ended the campaign just two strikes shy of Van Nistelrooy's record of 12 goals in a UEFA Champions League season, set over the course of nine matches between the start of the group stage and the quarter-finals in 2002/03. Before the final, Kaká told uefa.com: "I just hope this is finally the time I get my hands on that cup. This is more important than finishing as the competition's top scorer." Inzaghi, meanwhile, now has 58 goals in European competition to climb joint-third alongside Raúl González. Shevchenko (59) and Gerd Müller (62) remain out in front.
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