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Kaka gives trophy for church exhibition

The deeply religious Kaka gave the trophy to a Sao Paulo temple of the evangelical Reborn in Christ Church.

sports Updated: Jan 04, 2008 18:15 IST

The trophy Kaka won for being voted FIFA's World Player of the Year will be temporarily put on display for the public at his church in Brazil.

The deeply religious Kaka gave the trophy to a Sao Paulo temple of the evangelical Reborn in Christ Church, Kaka's spokesman Diogo Kotscho said.

The 25-year-old AC Milan playmaker won the award in December after being named the world's best player by national team captains and managers, ahead of Argentina midfielder Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and Manchester United's Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo. The trophy will stay in exhibition for an undetermined period of time, Kotscho said.

Kaka frequently mentions his Christian beliefs, and nearly always raises both of his arms to the sky after scoring a goal. After AC Milan beat Boca Juniors in FIFA's Club World Cup last month in Japan, Kaka revealed a T-shirt with the text "I belong to Jesus." He later gave the shirt to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Kaka has also said he plans to become an evangelical minister when he quits playing soccer.

The Brazilian couple who started the Reborn in Christ Church last year pleaded guilty to money smuggling in the United States and were sentenced to nearly five months in prison.