AC Milan legend Ricardo Kaka announces official retirement from football

The Brazilian, AC Milan and Real Madrid legend, Ricardo Kaka, 35,who started his career with Brazil’s São Paulo in 2001, joined AC Milan in 2003, where he made 193 appearances and scored 70 goals, has officially announced his retirement from professional football,.

He also joined Real Madrid in 2013, played 85 games and scoring 23 goals for the Spanish club, before returning back to Milan for a year. He made 30 appearances and scored 7 goals.

In 2014, Kaka joined MLS club Orlando City, where he made 75 appearances and scored 24, before returning back on loan to his boyhood club São Paulo

The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner told Globo television ,“I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete,”

Kaka won one Serie A title and the UEFA Champions League, and he also added the 2007 Ballon d’Or award―becoming the last to win the trophy before the dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo said,

I would like to take part in a club in a role more like… a manager, a sporting director — someone between the field and the club,” he said.

Below is the list of his honours.

World Cup winner – 2002

Serie A winner – 2003/04

Italian super cup winner – 2004/05

Confederations Cup winner – 05 & 09

Champions League winner – 2006/07

UEFA super cup winner – 2007/08

FIFA Ballon d’Or – 2007

UEFA best player in Europe – 2007

Spanish cup winner – 2010/11

La Liga winner – 2011/12

The Brazilian said AC Milan “recently made this proposal.” said, “The fact of having had successes as a professional player does not mean I will or won’t be a good manager. 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 added.

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