The Brazilian is emerging as a leader this season and after scoring in the crucial win, said afterwards: "Pippo's two goals were decisive. And later, with more space, we were able to control the game.

"My goal? I couldn't help but score, it was easy enough. The important thing was the team's performance and our unity. But it was a goal that I enjoyed."

Kaka was also asked about the Ballon d'Or and was again humble: "I only think about what I can do. And what I can do is play well and give my best. Nothing more, nothing less."