Kaka Retires: Former clubs and team-mates pay tribute

Laverne Mann
December 18, 2017

Kaka turned down the chance to prolong his playing days with a third spell at AC Milan in order to retire from professional football.

"I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete", the 2007 Ballon d'Or victor told Globo television.

A devout Christian, Kaka wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday: "Father, it was much more than I could ever [have] imagined". Further spells at Milan and Sao Paulo ensued before the midfielder concluded his career in the United States of America with Major League Soccer outfit Orlando City. Thank you and now I'm ready for the next journey.

After playing his part in Brazil's World Cup win of 2002 in Japan and South Korea, the mercurial playmaker went on to establish himself as the finest footballer in Europe between the years of 2003 and 2009 with AC Milan.

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In his first spell with the Rossoneri, Kaka won the Scudetto in his debut season and the Champions League and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007. "In Jesus' name. Amen".

Kaka will however not leave the world of football as a whole stating that: "Now, I will prepare to continue in the world of football, but in another role. I'd rather take part as a manager or sporting director".

Having struggled with a series of knee injuries, Kaka returned to Milan for one season in 2013 before leaving for Orlando the following year. "So I want to prepare myself for this going ahead, to study, to follow, to be closer to certain clubs, especially those where I played", he told Globo.

A graceful midfielder, Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil, scoring 29 goals and featuring at three World Cups.

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