Brazilian great Kaka announces retirement from football

After tasting defeat to Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final Kaka got his revenge

After tasting defeat to Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final Kaka got his revenge

"I have arrived to the conclusion that now is the moment to finish my career as a professional player".

The 35-year-old has announced his retirement after a great career, during which he took the shirt of Sao Paulo, Milan, Real Madrid and Orlando City. Thank you! I'm now ready for the next journey. "In Jesus' name. Amen".

The former Brazil worldwide has, along with Sao Paulo, been linked with a return to AC Milan, where he won the Champions League, Serie A and the Ballon d'Or during the peak of his career.

I needed a bit of time to think and make my decision with calm. He also won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, who he was capped for 92 times from 2002 to 2016, and the Ballon d'Or as best player in the world in 2007.

"I would like to join a club as a sports director, someone who stands between the field and the club".

In total, Kaka retires with 746 career appearances, 237 goals, eight major trophies and millions of hearts won around the world of football.

"The fact of having had successes as a professional player does not mean I will or won't be a good manager".

"Milan recently made this proposal [to play before becoming a director] so that I had there [an understanding of] the day to day of the club. These are things I will start to prepare myself for, and from here on to approach another role in football". I spoke to some people very close to me, my parents, my brother, my girlfriend and my brother's wife, five people.

Kaka had played with Orlando City since the team's first MLS season in 2015 and scored the team's first ever goal.

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