Kaka – The forgotten man

He cost €65 million in the summer of 2009 and was dubbed the closest thing to Zidane, but why has everyone forgotten about the graceful midfielder?

Having signed for AC Milan in the summer of 2003 from São Paulo for a measly €8.5 million, the Brazilian playmaker went on to make 270 appearances for Milan, scoring 95 goals and getting 45 assists, in the process cementing himself as one of the best players in the world.

He lead his side to Champions League success, as well as a Serie A title and along the way picking up UEFA Club Footballer of the year, FIFPro World Player of the year and a Ballon d’Or.

It was at this point where Real Madrid decided to move for Kaka, after deciding against a move to Manchester City in January 2009, it was that summer when he finally got his big money move.

He became the worlds most expensive player, only to be eclipsed in the same summer by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The move though, turned out to be the downward slope of Kaka’s career, with injuries plaguing his time at the Bernabeu, restricting him to just 112 appearances in four seasons, with 27 goals and 31 assists.

The 30-year-old really was the closest thing to Zidane the world of football had seen in recent years, his touch, his skill, his physique, power, pace, he had the lot, and without injuries would still be in the top 5 players in the world at the moment.

 

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