Former World Player of the Year Kaka Announces Retirement

Former World Player of the Year Kaka Announces Retirement

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Kaka played his final match as Orlando's season ended in October, and in November was reportedly offered a director role at Serie A club Milan.

Brazilian superstar Kaka has officially announced his retirement from professional football, bringing to a close an incredible career which saw him turn out for some of the world's most decorated teams.

I needed a bit of time to think and make my decision with calm.

The 2007 Ballon d'Or victor confirmed that he would not renew his contract at MLS side Orlando City in October.

Kaka, 35, said AC Milan "recently made this proposal". Upon these news, it seems more likely he will join Milan, and take his first steps towards a management career.

"Now I will prepare to continue in football and have another function, but will not be more like a professional player", said the World Cup, Champions League, Serie A and LaLiga victor.

Kaka tweeted Sunday that "I'm now ready for the next journey".

After starting his career with Sao Paulo in his native Brazil, the midfielder also enjoyed a highly successful spell with two of Europe's biggest clubs. However, in the same transfer window Real Madrid broke the world record by signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

The playmaker represented his country 92 times, scoring 29 goals and lifting the 2002 World Cup.

He would return to Milan for one season before moving to MLS in 2014. As a dribbler, he was able to overcome nearly any challenge with a unique sense of speed and precision but what made him so mesmerizing was his uncanny ability to find teammates thanks to his unrivaled vision.

After an illustrious career, the world says good bye to one of the greatest players the world of football has ever seen.

  • Terrell Bush