He was the last to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s dominance of the Ballon d’Or for a decade. In 2007, the most valuable individual trophy was won by the Brazilian Kaká, who earned a transfer to Real Madrid. And what was his fondest memory?
He was part of the Galácticos. He came to Real Madrid together with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the summer of 2009, Los Blancos paid AC Milan 67 million euros for him.
But of the three named, he had the weakest career at the Santiago Bernabéu. In 9 years at the club, Ronaldo broke all records, became the best scorer in the club’s history and won the Champions League four times. Benzema is the current captain and is going for the Ballon d’Or.
The career of the Brazilian magician in Madrid was interspersed with frequent injuries, he cannot be considered a complete failure, however, he did not make a big dent in the world either, given the expectations that came with him as one of the best players in the world.
Finally, he returned to AC Milan in the summer of 2013, in Real Madrid he played 120 games in four years, in which he scored 29 goals and added 39 assists.
Acknowledgment by Pérez
And what moment from his career in Madrid will he remember the most? A bit surprising for the day he left.
“It may sound strange, but on the day my departure was completed. Because I spoke to Florentino Pérez (the president) and he told me that he saw me as a huge professional who was doing everything to achieve great things with Real Madrid, but injuries and the lack of minutes the coach was giving me didn’t make that possible.” Kaká said in an interview with MARCA newspaper.
“That was a great satisfaction for me because I felt that the door to the club was open. Because of this, you will never hear me speak ill of Real Madrid or José Mourinho. In fact, when we met Florentino at the Champions League final in Paris, we hugged each other in joy.” recalls the 40-year-old Brazilian.
And what does Kaká do after his career? He stayed with the sport and devotes himself to running, on Monday in Berlin he is preparing for his first marathon. Last month he ran a half-marathon in Rio de Janeiro, and now he is preparing for a bigger goal.