With the Brazilian’s three year journey in MLS now over, Ricardo Kaká must decide whether to have one last spell in the spotlight or retire
Ricardo Kaká has written a beautiful story at every team he has been to, but it seems that we could be edging closer to the final chapter of a glorious career, as the 35-year old has confirmed that he will not renew his contract with Orlando City.
Kaká has already played his final game for the MLS outfit, and after an experience that lasted for three years on American soil, the Brazilian has yet to reveal his final decision as to whether he will hang up his boots, or if postpone his retirement for a couple of months, to confirm rumors linking him with a comeback to his mother club, São Paulo FC.
In the Italian press, a couple of reports have suggested that Ricardo has been in contact with AC Milan about the possibility of retiring at the San Siro, where he famously led the Serie A side to the Italian league, the UEFA Champions League and the club World Cup in a glorious first spell, before eventually being crowned as the best player in the world in 2007.
However, it seems that the realistic choice at the moment would be a return to the Paulista side that did Kaká the favor of introducing him to the world in 2001, before Italian giants Milan snatched him two years later for around 10 million dollars, which seems to be a bargain by today’s standards.
The midfield maestro’s biggest career setback was no doubt his transfer to Real Madrid in 2009, where he was haunted by numerous injuries which affected the level of his performances, and led to his dismissal from the starting lineup, under the tutelage of Portuguese tactician José Mourinho. Despite that, the Brazilian confirmed after having left the club in 2013, that he considers his time at the Santiago Bernabéu to have been successful, with 23 league goals and three titles, including La Liga in 2012.
With the national team, Kaká’s level of success was nothing short of legendary, as he was part of the 2002 World Cup-winning squad under Felipe Scolari, who gave him his tournament debut in a second-half cameo appearance against Costa Rica in the group stages. Later on, Kaká would go on to be an essential part of the 2005 and 2009 Confederations Cup victorious campaigns, while representing his country on two other occasions in the FIFA World Cup, in 2006 and 2010.
Kaká’s best time in the yellow jersey was no doubt between 2006 and 2010 where he was considered the most important player under Dunga’s command, and the technical leader of the side that helped the Seleção top the South American qualifiers after big wins away to the likes of Argentina and Uruguay.
Brazil fans will never forget all the magical moments that Kaká and Robinho produced together while leading the national team. Dunga’s side was considered pragmatic, but the duo that these two formed was perhaps the essential source of entertainment that millions of fans tuned into.
Whatever Ricardo Kaká chooses to do next, either way he will go down as one of the greatest players in football history, the moment he decides to hang up his boots once and for all.