When Kaka came on to the scene in 2002, there was no doubt what a great talent he was and he never stopped at being that bit-part player at the Korea-Japan World Cup who was the toast of Brazilians at Sao Paulo, he did much more.
Kaka had a beautiful career at AC Milan winning the UEFA Champions League, the Scudetto, Balloon D’Or and the FIFA World Best Player in a period that still stands out as the finest of his career.
He went on to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 in a £56m deal, then second highest after Zinedine Zidane’s move from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2001 and that was the point he hit an ox-bow lake in his ferry to greater places. Kaka had everything wrong at Real Madrid and a very bad injury record and the subsequent signing of Cristiano Ronaldo did little to help the Brazilian international.
Despite missing out on football earlier in his career with a one year injury after landing awkwardly inside a swimming pool, Kaka rose up to prominence and registered his name as one of the finest to have played the round leather, albeit, also one of the most short-lived wonder men to have set the football world ablaze.
In a recent interview with journalists, Kaka disclosed his lack of passion for football as he considers himself detached from the game that built, promised and gave him so much.
“I don’t feel joy in playing football anymore” Kaka said. The Orlando City skipper has had a trophy laden career with the FIFA World Best Player and Ballon D’Or top of his individual honours while he won the Italian Serie A title, the Spanish La Liga, the FIFA World Cup, the Copa America and the FIFA Confederations Cup twice.
Kaka is yet to announce his retirement but there are insinuations that this may be the last season in the career of one of the finest playmakers whose legs have touched a football surface.
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