[135] 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;[136] 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. In addition to his individual awards, between 2006 and 2009 he was named in both the FIFA World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year three times. [236], Since November 2004, Kaká has served as an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations' World Food Programme, the youngest to do so at the time of his appointment. The decisive misses for Real Madrid were by Ronaldo, Kaká and Sergio Ramos. [156][157], Kaká was called up for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, but the Brazilians crashed out to Ghana in the quarter-finals. In Italy, Kaká helped Milan finish runners up in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final with him being the top assist provider of the tournament, and named the UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year. 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. Replying to a viral tweet about the whole episode, Aden said he still backed his original shout for the cutback. 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. 2 Tips and reviews. [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. Real Madrid were also knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the semi-finals of the competition. Been here 25+ times. In 2013 Kaká returned to AC Milan. His life revolves around God and Jesus and spreading the “good word.”. [193] A muscle injury sustained in early June, however, also ruled Kaká out of the upcoming tournament; he was replaced by Ganso.[194]. The Kaká lowdown. Kakà was included in Brazil's squad for 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany. #21. [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. After returning from injury, he appeared in a convincing win over Valencia, scoring two goals. [11][12] Off the field, Kaká is known for his humanitarian work, where he became the youngest ambassador of the UN World Food Programme in 2004. [10] One of the world's most famous athletes during his playing career, Kaká was the first sportsperson to amass 10 million followers on Twitter. [117] On 9 November 2014, Kaká scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Vitória. Chin said Kaká called the move a “dream,” adding that he was looking forward to helping realize the team's plan to become global soccer powerhouse. [19] His school had arranged him in a local youth club called "Alphaville," who qualified to the final in a local tournament. [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. [141], On 5 March 2017, in Orlando City's opening match of the MLS season against New York City, and the club's stadium debut, Kaká hit the turf clutching his left leg just minutes after the game had started; the Lions beat their opponents 1–0. Write a short note about what you liked, what to order, or other helpful advice for visitors. "[232] Though sharing a common goal, Kaká is not currently a formal member of the organization Atletas de Cristo ("Athletes of Christ"). 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. The second card was given for an alleged elbow in the direction of Abdul Kader Keïta. 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. [115] He made his comeback in a league match against Goiás on 27 July 2014, starting and scoring a goal in the 76th minute, although his team lost 2–1. [235] In an interview with the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Kaka manifested the will to become an evangelical pastor. 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Relationships. [95][96] He was also made the vice-captain upon his arrival. To say Kaká is religious would be a grave understatement. [87] It was his first sending-off at Madrid since he joined from Milan in 2009 and his first red card since he was dismissed playing for Brazil against Ivory Coast at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His only two goals came in Brazil's group stage opener against Egypt on 14 June, when he scored a goal in the fifth minute and then added a 90th-minute penalty in Brazil's 4–3 victory. Kaká was a part of the five-man midfield in the 2004–05 season, usually playing in a withdrawn role behind striker Andriy Shevchenko. [98], Kaká tore his left adductor muscle during his first competitive appearance, deciding not to accept any wages from Milan whilst he regained fitness. He made his first appearance in Italy the next month in a 2–0 win over Ancona. 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. His name is actually Kaká, the second syllable is stressed due to the accented a. I think without the acute accent (i.e. [224], Kaká cites Raí, the former Brazilian national team and São Paulo FC captain, as his footballing role model. Kaká Werá (born 1964), Brazilian writer and politician; Kaka Mallam Yale (born 1953), Nigerian politician; See more at Wikipedia.org... Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (; born 22 April 1982), commonly known as Kak á or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team. [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. [59], BBC reported on 13 January 2009 that Manchester City made a bid for Kaká for over £100 million. Kaká, byname of Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, (born April 22, 1982, Brasília, Brazil), Brazilian football (soccer) player who was named the World Player of the Year by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 2007. [166] Kaká also provided two assists throughout the tournament. [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. [14], Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite was born in Gama, Federal District, to Simone dos Santos, an elementary school teacher, and Bosco Izecson Pereira Leite, a civil engineer. 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. He also had the same phrase, along with "God Is Faithful," stitched onto the tongues of his boots. [160] Kaká was unable to keep up the momentum for the remainder of the tournament, as Brazil was eliminated by France in the quarter-finals with French star Thierry Henry scoring the winner.[161]. [41][42] He once again finished as the second-best assist-provider of the Champions League, providing five, and was voted the 2007 IFFHS World's Best Playmaker. [174] He later had to be removed from the squad due to a calf injury, and thus did not play either of the matches. The word has no specific Portuguese translation. [35] He finished as the top scorer in the 2006–07 Champions League campaign with ten goals. So what are the reasons why Kaká won’t be making a big impact on Real Madrid’s 2011-2012 campaign? [76] Real Madrid were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey by eventual winners Barcelona. He retired from professional football in December 2017. [62] Milan supporters had protested outside the club headquarters earlier that evening, and later chanted outside Kaká's home, where he saluted them by flashing his jersey outside a window. [204] A versatile player, he was also deployed in several other attacking positions throughout his career, performing as a winger on either flank,[205][206] as a supporting forward,[207] and on occasion as an outright striker,[199][208] or even in a deeper role as a midfield playmaker. He led Milan to win the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final and was the tournament's top goal scorer. Kaká owed his nickname to his younger brother Rodrigo, who as a child could not pronounce Ricardo and could manage only “Caca.” Kaká was seven when the family moved to São Paulo. [83] With this match, Kaká experienced one of the best starts to a season he has ever had, scoring two goals, serving two assists and winning one penalty for his team. [218] 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. 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. Due to his performances in his debut season, in 2004, Kaká was named Serie A Footballer of the Year, and was nominated for both the Ballon d'Or (finishing in 15th place) and the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards (finishing in ninth place). Negotiations exist, but a deal has yet to be done. Born. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. He was part of Brazil's 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning squad in Korea/Japan, but played only 25 minutes, all of which were in the 5–2 first round victory against Costa Rica on 13 June.[158]. Post. [13] In August 2015, Kaká announced he would attend Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, and major in Sports Marketing. That year he scored 12 goals in 27 matches as an attacking midfield player. 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. However, due to a plethora of… A keen football enthusiast, he was taken on by the São Paulo FC the following year. [139] In July 2016, he was included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game. Sort: Popular; Recent; Breno Caputo Filho August 23, 2014. [223] He featured in FIFA 20 as one of the new Ultimate Team Icons. It was like my first call-up. เพจนี้ลองสร้างเล่นๆดูอนาคตอาจะมีอะไรลงให้เพื่อนๆดู 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. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. 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. A professor called the family and suggested enrolling him in a football school. 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. [27] Within a month, he cracked the starting lineup, replacing Rui Costa in the attacking midfield playmaking position, behind strikers Jon Dahl Tomasson, Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko. [237] On 5 January 2019, he announced his engagement to Brazilian model Carolina Dias on Instagram. "[202] As well as his dribbling from midfield, Kaká was also renowned for his vision and passing ability, enabling him to create chances for teammates. [45] He played his 200th career match with Milan in a 1–1 home draw with Catania on 30 September, scoring from a penalty,[46] and on 5 October, he was named the 2006–07 FIFPro World Player of the Year, and was elected as part of the FIFPro World XI for the second time in his career. 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