[Insert Wildly Clever Headline About Kaka's Golden Balls Here]By: Martha | November 9th, 2007
Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a very confident post about how Gigi Buffon was going to become the first goalkeeper since Russia’s legendary Lev Yashin to win the Golden Ball, because that’s what the rumor mill said and, when it comes to their awards, France Football is usually made of leaks. Those rumors, of course, was totally wrong, and the award went to a much smaller man, with less hair. All of which is my way of saying that I’m not falling to that trap again, even if the rumors do say that presumed front-runner Ricky Kaka has in fact come out on top in the voting and will receive the award when the ceremony takes place early next month.
Obviously, if you’re going to guess, Kaka is a safe name to throw out there — people have been pimping him for the award since early summer, and it’s hard to really argue against him. That said, though, the story started with Sky Italia and Tuttosport (who actually claimed that Milan VP Adriano Galliani had announced the award was Kaka’s) and we all know at least 50% of the latter’s stories are fictional, so it’s not as if we’ve got a reliable source on our hands. Sky Italia’s claim is that Kaka has a plane ticket for Japan, where the ceremony will be held, which hasn’t been informed, and Galliani, of course, is playing coy, insisting he doesn’t know nothing about nothing.
The thing is, there’s actually a vote for this thing — it’s not like picking The Pope or something — so while Kaka is a logical choice, there’s no way of knowing who the hell people are going to be feeling (so to speak) the day they had to send their ballots in. I mean David Beckham is on the list of finalists, and we all know how dominant he’s been in MLS. Oh, wait.