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Kaka hails Messi as the best for now

ALTHOUGH Kaka remains hopeful he will be crowned the best player in the world again, he acknowledges Lionel Messi deserves that title for now.

"He is a player who makes a difference," the Brazil playmaker said on Thursday, ahead of a meeting Argentina's Messi in a World Cup qualifier between the South American rivals. "I would vote for him for all he has done, leading Barcelona to all these titles."

Messi has never won FIFA's Player of the Year Award but he is considered a frontrunner for this year's title. Kaka won it in 2007 and has constantly said his goal was to earn the prize again.

"It remains my objective to get back there and win it," the Real Madrid midfielder said.

Kaka dismissed a duel with Messi when they meet in the qualifier at Rosario, Argentina, tomorrow.

"The media always talks about a duel, that was the case with me and Cristiano Ronaldo, too. But on the field it's not like that. It will be Brazil vs Argentina and both teams have several talented players."

Kaka, who will be making his 70th appearance for Brazil, said he sees himself with a little of the "art" of Argentina coach Diego Maradona and some of the "efficiency" of Brazil coach Dunga.

Kaka is one goal shy of tying Romario and Zico as Brazil's leading scorers in World Cup qualifiers with 11 goals. "It would be special to do it against Argentina. But there still are four matches left and hopefully I'll be able to reach that mark, which would be nice because I'm not really a true striker."

Brazil leads South American qualifying with 27 points, one more than Chile and three more than Paraguay. Argentina is fourth with 22. The top four automatically secure a spot in next year's World Cup in South Africa.


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