Madge’s Perón?

Say what you like about Brazil’s annual ultra-decadent blowout Carnival, but you have to admit it makes for some pretty surreal headlines. Like the one about Madonna chatting up the man who’s likely to be the country’s next leader. (Insert “Evita” jokes here.)

The Material Girl – who is in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival celebrations, as well as “fundraising and humanitarian purposes,” according to the New York Post – spent an hour on Wednesday talking with the governor of Sao Paulo state, Jose Serra. The pair reportedly discussed ways to help children living in poverty in the country.

Serra is widely believed to be the top contender to succeed Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during this year’s elections.

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Madonna poses for a photo in Rio de Janeiro with Sao Paulo’s Gov. Jose Serra Feb. 10, 2010.

While the governor was clearly smitten with Madonna, saying “She seems very young, much less than her [age],” it’s likely the attraction was a one-sided thing.

Despite reports last week that the 52-year-old singer’s relationship with 23-year-old “model and aspiring DJ” Jesus Luz was over, the pair was seen having dinner last night and are said to be staying together at a swanky hotel near Ipanema Beach.

Although it might be cruel to describe the duo as a May/December romance (how about May/late-October?), the fact that Luz’s mother, Cristiane Regina da Silva, is 14 years younger than Madonna certainly adds to the “eww” factor.

The singer told the Post earlier this week that despite rumors in the U.K. press, she had no plans to meet with Mama da Silva, who is reportedly “uncomfortable” about her son’s relationship.