Former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka, 35 has hinted towards retirement at the end of the season. The former AC Milan star currently plays for Orlando City in the Major League Soccer. Kaka is the only player to beat both Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or in 2007. The Brazil legend has won almost everything he has played for in his illustrious career. It was a move to Real Madrid where a long list of injury curtailed the Brazilian’s career in Europe. The former World Cup winner moved to the USA in 2015 after a decline in form, where he has played three seasons for the Orlando based club.
A cupboard full of honors
Kaka was a part of an incredible Milan side for six years where he accumulated numerous individual and team honors. The Brazilain won everything ranging from Serie A to the UEFA Champions League at Milan, before completing a record move to Real Madrid in 2009. Though the record was shortly broken after Ronaldo’s arrival the same summer, Kaka started to decline thereon. Kaka managed to win everything at Real barring the Champions League in a four-year stint at the Spanish Capital before returning back to Italy for a sole season. Kaka returned to Brazil for a short period with boyhood side Sao Paulo, before he made a move to the USA.
Kaka was inducted into the AC Milan Hall of Fame in 2010, while he was still a Real Madrid player to honor his contribution to the club. The legend also was adjudged as the best player in the 2009 Confederation Cup triumph, adding to his kitty of 2005 version of the tournament and the World Cup of 2002.
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“I don’t find enjoyment playing football anymore’
Kaka is not having the best of days in the MLS and admitted that fitness is a concern for him in an interview with Globoesporte. The Brazilian also hinted towards a managerial role as and achieve success like Zidane.
“I’d like to do like Zizou. He stopped playing, took some time off, he saw that he liked to coach and paid his dues in the youth system.”
“I could do like him. Continue playing? I don’t find enjoyment playing football anymore, I feel pain after every match. My body feels it and at the age of 35 it’s hard to recuperate,” he said hinting towards retirement at the end of the season in the USA.
Kaka is aiming high for the future ???? pic.twitter.com/pT2fXH6ool
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Not many would be against the fact that Kaka is one of the greatest players to have graced the game. Had the injuries not hampered his career, the Brazilian could have surely added more silverware to his kitty. His intention to hang up the boots after the season would make the fans sad, who will want to see more of him, for a year or two at least. Former Milan player Andrea Pirlo also announced that he would retire at the end of the season, and Kaka looks to follow the suit of former Milan teammate. With Kaka hinting towards a career in management, the fans would be happy to see him on the sidelines. With Kaka about to hang up his boots, the football fraternity will certainly miss him. Now it would be interesting to see if Kaka can take Milan back to glory days if he manages them like Zidane did with Real Madrid.