At age 15 he was given a contract, but his progress was interrupted three years later by a serious spinal injury (sustained in a swimming accident), which threatened his career. [159], Kaká started in his first FIFA World Cup finals in 2006 and scored his first and only goal of the tournament in Brazil's 1–0 victory over Croatia in Brazil's opener, for which he was named Man of the Match. Kaká was called up for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, but the Brazilians crashed out to Ghana in the quarter-finals. [225], Kaká is a devout evangelical Christian who was an active member of the São Paulo-based Rebirth in Christ Church. Kakà was included in Brazil's squad for 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany. [28] Milan also reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, losing out to eventual winners Lazio, and were knocked out of the quarter-finals of the Champions League by Deportivo de La Coruña. "[232] Though sharing a common goal, Kaká is not currently a formal member of the organization Atletas de Cristo ("Athletes of Christ"). The steady European interest in Kaká culminated in his signing with the European champions, Italian club A.C. Milan, in 2003 for a fee of reported €8.5 million, described in retrospect as "peanuts" by club owner Silvio Berlusconi. Several months later, he made his debut for the senior Brazil squad in a friendly match against Bolivia on 31 January 2002. Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Brazilian Portuguese: [hiˈkaɾdu iˈzɛksõ duˈsɐ̃tus ˈlejt͡ʃi]; born 22 April 1982), commonly known as Kaká (Portuguese: [kaˈka] (listen)) or Ricardo Kaká,[3][4] is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. The team was top heavy and unbalanced, and forced to work back in midfield, Kaká paid the price. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing. “It may seem that I have everything,” he says. By 2007 Kaká stood at the apex of world soccer, sweeping its highest individual honors: the FIFPro World Player of the Year, the Ballon d’Or for best in the world and the FIFA World Player of the Year. Melhor barbeiro da cidade. Kaká has played club football since he was eight years old. [132] On 5 July, he received the first straight red card of his career in a 1–1 away draw against Real Salt Lake; he had previously scored a goal during the match. [209] In addition to these characteristics, Kaká also possessed a powerful and accurate shot from both inside and outside the penalty area, with either foot,[210] despite being naturally right-footed;[211] he was also an accurate penalty taker. [18], When he was seven, Kaká's family moved to São Paulo, in the homonymous state. (He was loaned to São Paolo for the 2014–15 season.) On 2 November 2006, he scored his first Champions League hat-trick in a 4–1 group stage win over the Belgian side Anderlecht. Breno Caputo Filho July 19, 2012. [229], In April 2012, Kaká became the first sportsperson to amass ten million followers on Twitter,[11] and by March 2015, Kaká had the fifth-highest social media rank in the world among athletes, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, David Beckham and Neymar, with 33 million Facebook fans. [145] On 14 June, he played in the 3–1 loss in U.S. Open Cup match against Miami FC which was coached by his former teammate Alessandro Nesta. Kaká is a Brazilian professional footballer. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Omissions? Unlike other notable stars who played in the MLS toward the end of their careers, Kaká kept up his strong play in the U.S., earning All-Star honours in each of his first two seasons with Orlando City. [100] On 7 January 2014, Kaká scored his 100th goal for Milan by an opening goal in a match against Atalanta; he later went on to score another goal 30 minutes later. [152] He played his last official match for Orlando on 15 October in a 1–0 home defeat against Columbus Crew;[153][154] he finished the 2017 MLS season with 6 goals and 5 assists in 23 league appearances. He said he was "(...) happy for playing a game again and for stepping onto a pitch. [165] After missing out on the Copa América, he returned to play in Brazil's friendly match against Algeria on 22 August 2007. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Write a short note about what you liked, what to order, or other helpful advice for visitors. Injuries: There is no questioning about Kaka's talent. [191] Following Douglas Costa's left thigh injury in late May 2016, which ruled him out of Brazil's Copa América Centenario squad, Kaká was called up as a replacement by Dunga. Figura inigualável! The 2005–06 season saw Kaká score his first hat-tricks in domestic competitions. Andriy Shevchenko's departure to Chelsea for the 2006–07 season allowed Kaká to become the focal point of Milan's offense as he alternated between the midfield and forward positions, operating at times as a striker or as a second striker behind Filippo Inzaghi, as well as in his more typical attacking midfield position. Kaká was a part of the five-man midfield in the 2004–05 season, usually playing in a withdrawn role behind striker Andriy Shevchenko. Related Searches. [127][128] On 17 May 2015, Kaká scored one and assisted another in Orlando City's 4–0 win over defending MLS champions LA Galaxy. [223] He featured in FIFA 20 as one of the new Ultimate Team Icons. [239], This article is about the Brazilian footballer born in 1982. [226][227] He is best friends with Marcelo Saragosa, who also played professionally. [150], Orlando City were officially eliminated from playoff contention on 7 October, following New York Red Bulls's 3–0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps. [67] Milan vice-chairman and CEO Adriano Galliani confirmed that he and Kaká's father, Bosco Leite, had traveled to Mexico to meet with La Volpe: "We had lunch and spoke about Kaká. [149] He scored a long range stunner against Atlanta United on 29 July. [92], Milan confirmed that Kaká would join the club on 2 September 2013 from Real Madrid on a free transfer with only performance-related incentives owed to Madrid; after agreeing to personal terms, he signed a two-year contract. [19] His school had arranged him in a local youth club called "Alphaville," who qualified to the final in a local tournament. [148] On 7 July, he was chosen to play for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game for the third consecutive season. "[200], Tim Vickery of ESPN wrote, "Kaká running forward with the ball had the power of a freight train. Kaká has called on AC Milan fans to raise the roof when Manchester United FC visit on Wednesday, telling uefa.com he is expecting an "amazing game". In international play Kaká was a key contributor to Brazil’s runs to the quarterfinals at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, but he failed to make the national side when his home country hosted the 2014 Cup. [231] He became engrossed in religion at the age of 12: "I learnt that it is faith that decides whether something will happen or not." They were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the third consecutive year by eventual runners-up Borussia Dortmund. He initially returned to his former club São Paulo on loan, before relocating to the United States in 2015 and retiring in 2017. [151] Kaká announced on 11 October 2017 that he would not be renewing his contract with Orlando City for the 2018 MLS season. A keen football enthusiast, he was taken on by the São Paulo FC the following year. He removed his jersey to reveal an "I Belong to Jesus" T-shirt and openly engaged in prayer moments after the final whistle of Brazil's 2002 World Cup, and Milan's 2004 Scudetto and 2007 Champions League triumphs. While receiving the FIFA World Footballer of the Year award in 2007, he said when he was young he just wanted to be a professional player for São Paulo and play one game for the Brazil national team, but that "God gave [him] more than he ever asked for. [76] Real Madrid were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey by eventual winners Barcelona. He made his first appearance in Italy the next month in a 2–0 win over Ancona. After signing an extension with Milan in early 2008, Kaká became the highest-paid footballer in the world, with an annual income from the game alone amounting to €8 million (about $12 million) and extensive corporate sponsorship deals. He eventually moved to A.C. Milan, where he was also extremely successful. [90][91] He said goodbye to Real Madrid and its fans in an open letter on Twitter. Kaká was equally adept at initiating and finishing attacks, and his forceful all-around skills developed with Milan. His performances saw him win the FIFA World Player of the Year, the 2007 Ballon d'Or, the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker awards. 10s would manage—but that same elegant, long-legged stride made him unstoppable on the run. He was also a member of Brazil's 2005 and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup-winning squads, winning the Golden Ball Award in 2009 as the tournament's best player. [58] Kaká finished the 2007–08 season with 15 goals in Serie A and was nominated as a finalist for the FIFA World Player of the Year, finishing in fourth place, and was nominated for the Ballon d'Or, finishing in eighth place. As a result he used to call his brother “Caca” which eventually later evolved into Kaká. [124][125] He came second in the Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month poll for his performances in March. Relationships. [59], BBC reported on 13 January 2009 that Manchester City made a bid for Kaká for over £100 million. It was what Kaká did following the goal that mattered. [203] Having performed predominantly as a playmaking attacking midfielder throughout his career, he was known for being capable of scoring goals as well as creating and assisting them. There was nothing he couldn’t do”, while his Milan teammate Andrea Pirlo adds, "There was a point when teams just had no idea how to stop him. "[162] Carl Anka of the BBC writes that his "knee and groin problems sapped him of the explosive half-yard burst he needed to navigate the corridors of midfield uncertainty", and that by 2009 he "was already on the wane. [173], After more than a year absence from the national team due to a series of injuries, Kaká was recalled on 27 October 2011 for the friendly matches against Gabon and Egypt in November. He was also nominated for the Ballon d'Or award, finishing in sixth place, and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year for the third time in his career. Milan began the season by winning the Supercoppa Italiana against Lazio. On 30 June 2014, Kaká had his Milan contract terminated through mutual consent despite having a year remaining, by activating a release clause as a result of the team not qualifying for European competitions. No tips and reviews. Injuries. Kaká is religious. [84] In 2011–12, Real Madrid won La Liga with a record 100 points that year, with Kaká providing nine assists and scoring five goals in the competition. It was an important win and a special night. The following year Kaká and Milan mutually agreed to terminate his contract, and he signed to play with the expansion team Orlando City SC of North America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), which began play in 2015. Digão called him “Caca” due to his inability to pronounce “Ricardo” when they were young. "[86] Kaká came on just before an hour was played, but was sent off as he was controversially booked twice within 18 minutes in a 0–0 draw against Osasuna on 12 January 2013. Real Madrid's Kaká playing in a Spanish domestic league football match against Mallorca, January 10, 2010. Kaká played a pivotal role in Milan's Champions League campaign that season, helping them to reach the final against Liverpool, scoring two goals and providing five assists. 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