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Kaka, Brazil’s 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning superstar, announces retirement

Kaka was also the last man apart from Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to collect the Ballon d’Or when he did so in 2007 and will go down as one of the sport’s greats.

football Updated: Dec 18, 2017 14:49 IST
Reuters, Sao Paulo
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Brazilian footballer Kaka announced his retirement from football.(USA Today Sports)

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka announced on Sunday that he is retiring from football.

The devout 35-year old Brazilian wrote on Twitter: “It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Kaka announced this year he would not extend his contract with Orlando City but he opened the door to a possible return to Milan, the club where he made his name.

“I would like to participate in the club in another way, as a manager, a sporting director, as someone who is between the pitch and the club,” Kaka said in a farewell interview with Globo TV in Brazil.

“I prepared very hard to be a professional footballer and I want to prepare for this new role.”

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Kaka said Milan, with whom he won the Champions League in 2007, had offered him a role but did not specify the exact nature of the job or say if he would accept it.

Milan and his first team Sao Paulo both offered him a playing contract to extend his career, but Kaka, who was in Brazil’s World Cup-winning squad in 2002 and was the last Brazilian to be voted world player of the year in 2007, said the time was right to call it a day.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 23:43 IST