, This article is about the Brazilian footballer born in 1982. , Kaká cites Raí, the former Brazilian national team and São Paulo FC captain, as his footballing role model.  He played his last official match for Orlando on 15 October in a 1–0 home defeat against Columbus Crew; he finished the 2017 MLS season with 6 goals and 5 assists in 23 league appearances.  Kaká ended the tournament with three assists in total, as the joint-top assist provider, although he failed to score a goal during the tournament. , In January 2008, Kaká was also named the 2007 Serie A Footballer of the Year, winning the award for the second time in his career. He was named in the six-man shortlist for the 2008 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, and was selected in the FIFPro World XI for the third time in his career.  Kaká, however, was not selected for the national team for the 2013 Confederations Cup and was also omitted in Scolari's 2014 World Cup squad. Kaká made his professional club debut at age 18 at São Paulo in Brazil in 2001, and his performances with the club led him to joining Serie A club Milan in 2003. The name Kaká, a nickname for Ricardo, was given to him by his younger brother.  He signed a contract at 15 and led the São Paulo youth squad to Copa de Juvenil glory. " As well as his dribbling from midfield, Kaká was also renowned for his vision and passing ability, enabling him to create chances for teammates.  He said goodbye to Real Madrid and its fans in an open letter on Twitter. , Kaká was called up for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, but the Brazilians crashed out to Ghana in the quarter-finals. Write a short note about what you liked, what to order, or other helpful advice for visitors. A keen football enthusiast, he was taken on by the São Paulo FC the following year. He finished the season with eight goals and 14 assists in all club competitions.  His younger brother Rodrigo (best known as Digão) and cousin Eduardo Delani are also professional footballers. Kaká finished eighth and seventh, respectively, in balloting for FIFA Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 before winning almost every available honour in 2007, when he was named both European Player of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year.  The couple have two children: son Luca Celico Leite (born 10 June 2008) and daughter Isabella (born 23 April 2011). On 4 December 2012, after scoring in a 4–1 win against Ajax, Kaká became the top Brazilian goalscorer in Champions League history, with 28 goals. In the 54th minute, Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo fouled Kaká in the box to give Orlando City a penalty kick. In 2010, he was named in the A.C. Milan Hall of Fame.  He signed a contract extension through 2013 with Milan on 29 February 2008. 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Until Orlando entered the league in 2015, Kaká was loaned to his first club São Paulo, which he called "really satisfying. When he was seven, Kaká's family moved to São Paulo, in the homonymous state. Negotiations exist, but a deal has yet to be done. 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. Jack Rollin is a writer and freelance journalist.  Kaká returned to training after a long lay-off, with manager José Mourinho commenting that having Kaká back from injury was like a new signing. When the list was published, I was extremely happy. He was a key figure on the Real squads that won the 2011 Copa del Rey (Spanish cup) and the 2011–12 La Liga (Spanish top division) title. His life revolves around God and Jesus and spreading the “good word.”. ", By signing for Orlando City, Kaká became the highest-paid player in MLS history, with a base salary of US$6.6 million per year, and with a guaranteed compensation of $7.2 million per year. Real Madrid were also knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the semi-finals of the competition.  On 8 March 2015, Kaká scored a free kick for the equaliser in a 1–1 draw on his MLS debut against New York City FC at the Citrus Bowl, the first in Orlando City's competitive history. Born. Kaká married his childhood sweetheart, Caroline Celico, on 23 December 2005 at a Rebirth in Christ church in Sao Paulo. เพจนี้ลองสร้างเล่นๆดูอนาคตอาจะมีอะไรลงให้เพื่อนๆดู Figura inigualável! A keen football enthusiast, he was taken on by the São Paulo FC the following year. , Kaká tore his left adductor muscle during his first competitive appearance, deciding not to accept any wages from Milan whilst he regained fitness.  Kaká later made his league debut on 29 August 2009 in a 3–2 win against Deportivo de La Coruña.  Kaká was once again nominated for the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year Awards, finishing ninth and eighth respectively, and he was named the 2005 UEFA Club Football Best Midfielder. Milan began the season by winning the Supercoppa Italiana against Lazio. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing. (He was loaned to São Paolo for the 2014–15 season.)  Kaká initially responded by telling reporters he wanted to "grow old" at Milan and dreamed of captaining the club one day, but later said, "If Milan want to sell me, I'll sit down and talk.  On his return to the national side, Kaká scored in both matches, a 6–0 win over Iraq and a 4–0 win over Japan. Though he went scoreless, he won a free kick that led to the first of Filippo Inzaghi's two goals, and provided the assist for the second.  The next week, he scored another goal in Orlando's 2–1 loss against Toronto FC. , After initially being sidelined through injury and missing Orlando City's first three matches of the 2016 MLS season, Kaká returned to the team's starting line-up and made his first appearance of the season on 3 April, against the Portland Timbers; he assisted two goals and later scored one himself in a 4–1 home victory, and was subsequently named to the MLS team of the week for his performance. Post.  In August 2015, he was called up to the national team once again for the team's international friendlies in September, and made a substitute appearance in Brazil's 1–0 victory over Costa Rica on 5 September; this was his first appearance for Brazil in almost a year, and his 90th appearance for his country overall. In 2006 he was part of the "magic quartet".  Kaká was one of several Brazilian international footballers to endorse Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 Brazilian presidential election. 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. 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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. " On 19 January, Silvio Berlusconi announced that Manchester City had officially ended their bid after a discussion between the clubs, and that Kaká would remain with Milan. Kaká has played club football since he was eight years old. Milan also finished once again as runners-up in Serie A, with Kaká scoring 17 goals in the league.  For his contributions on and off the pitch, Kaká was listed by Time as one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2008 and 2009. Kaká was equally adept at initiating and finishing attacks, and his forceful all-around skills developed with Milan. 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No tips and reviews. Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, 22 April 1982, in Brasilia. Referee reverses a throw-in call and Kaká goes crazy! That year he scored 12 goals in 27 matches as an attacking midfield player. , In June 2014, it was reported that Kaká had entered into advanced discussions with Orlando City to join the team in January 2015 when they enter Major League Soccer (MLS). In total, Kaká made 75 league appearances in his three seasons with Orlando, scoring 24 goals and providing 22 assists. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. I can say that as long as the club don't want to sell me, I'll definitely stay.  On 14 October, he cast his footprints into the Estádio do Maracanã's sidewalk of fame, in a section dedicated to the memory of the country's top players. In 2002 he debuted on the Brazilian national team, playing in a match against Bolivia, and later that year Brazil won the World Cup. 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At the end of his second season with the club, Real Madrid and Kaká had won the Copa del Rey, although they finished as runners-up in both La Liga and in the Supercopa de España to rivals Barcelona. , In March 2011, Kaká suffered from Iliotibial band syndrome, which kept him sidelined for a few weeks. He is the author of. Kaká was called up for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, but the Brazilians crashed out to Ghana in the quarter-finals. Injuries. His first goal, described by ESPN as "a sensational curling shot from the edge of the area into the top right-hand corner," opened the scoring in a 1–1 home draw at San Siro to Lazio on 30 October. Real Madrid began the 2012–13 season by winning the 2012 Supercopa de España against rivals Barça. Although he professed a desire to finish his career in Milan, Kaká transferred to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid in June 2009, a move that was spurred by the Italian club’s dire financial straits. Quite a few reasons actually.  He won the Time 100 honour again in 2009.  Despite his efforts, he was unable to help Orlando City become the first expansion team to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs since the Seattle Sounders in 2009, as Orlando narrowly missed out on the sixth seed spot in the Eastern Conference; he ended his first season with 9 goals and 7 assists in 28 MLS appearances, also scoring another goal from two appearances in the 2015 MLS Open Cup. , On 3 July 2014, Kaká arrived at São Paulo and began training the next day.  On 30 June, Kaká scored Orlando's opening goal in the 21st minute of his Open Cup debut, helping his team to a 2–0 home win over Columbus Crew, in the fifth round of the competition, which enabled the club to advance to the quarter-finals. ", Tim Vickery of ESPN wrote, "Kaká running forward with the ball had the power of a freight train. They each served as the best man at the other's wedding. Melhor barbeiro da cidade. Kaká participated in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, wearing the number 10 shirt, marking his first international tournament since the 2006 World Cup. Kaká is a Brazilian professional footballer. The Kaká lowdown. Dubbed the "Miracle of Istanbul," Milan led 3–0 at half time, before Liverpool staged a comeback, scoring three goals in six minutes, and eventually won the match 3–2 on penalties. It was an important win and a special night.  He features prominently in Adidas advertising and also has a modeling contract with Armani, the latter preventing him from appearing in a photo collection alongside his Milan teammates that was published by Dolce & Gabbana in early 2007.  After an eight-month absence, Kaká returned to play by entering as a substitute for Karim Benzema on the 77th minute of a 3–2 victory over Getafe on 3 January 2011. Corrections? He scored ten goals in 30 appearances that season, also providing several important assists, such as the cross which led to Shevchenko's title-deciding headed goal, as Milan won the Scudetto and the UEFA Super Cup, whilst finishing as runner up in the Intercontinental Cup and the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana. Kaká had a swimming pool accident when he was just 18 years old, as he suffered from a possibly paralysis-inducing spinal fracture, which threatened his career. 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