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AC Milan midfielder Kaká says his hunger for success is as great as ever after winning the 2007 Ballon d'Or.
Kaká will become a father for the first time next year and recently revealed plans to study theology to become an evangelical pastor. His desire for the game, though, is undiminished. "Getting to this level means I have the necessary quality so if I work hard I can stay at this level," he told uefa.com. "It is a huge responsibility but I like it because it's a challenge ... At 25 I have already won almost everything in my career. Now I want to do it again."
uefa.com met up with the Rossoneri midfielder at Milan's Milanello training ground on Monday, the day after he was presented with the trophy which he was keeping close by his side. "It's a great honour to have written my name in the history of football like this," he said. "It's a very important award in Europe, I would say the most important individual award for a footballer. Having my name included on the list of winners is really a huge honour."
The Brazilian international is the sixth Milan player to win the Ballon d'Or after Gianni Rivera, Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten (three times), George Weah and Andriy Shevchenko. The ten goals Kaká scored to lead Milan to the UEFA Champions League title last season was the key to his individual success. "To win awards like the Ballon d'Or and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, you have to do well in the Champions League especially in a year when there is no World Cup or European Championship. The Champions League was definitely the most important trophy last year and we won it."
To read uefa.com's interview with Kaká in full in this week's edition of the uefa.com Magazine, click here.
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