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Kaka Nearing Fitness

After making his £ 62 million move from AC Milan, Kaka has been a shadow of his former self – so much so that many people have said that his career is all but over. A number of knee injuries have limited the former World Player of the Year to just a few appearances, and to make matters worse Kaka has failed to deliver in those limited appearances. However, it seems that the tide is finally turning for the Brazilian, who appears to be coming close to some kind of meaningful fitness.

Just when it looked like it was all staring to go Kaka’s way however, Real Madrid coach José Mourinho has confirmed that Kaka will be missing the Champions League group stage match against Dinamo Zagreb.  Even though Real Madrid are in a very comfortable position in the group, Mourinho still wants to win the match against the Ukrainians.  The availability of Kaka would have been a major plus point for Real Madrid.

Still, it is not like that Real Madrid are not devoid of stars. The presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema should be more than enough to handle the Ukrainians. Along with Kaka, José Mourinho will be without the likes of Ricardo Carvalho, Alvaro Arbeloa, and Angel di Maria. Though for some clubs having such a substantial injury list would make winning matches almost impossible, Real Madrid have the squad strength to deal with it.

Speaking about the Kaka situation, José Mourinho said “Kaka has a bit of a niggling little problem, but has started to overcome the injury. We’re not looking to rush himback though, unless he is 100%.” It remains to be seen if Kaka will be returning for the up-coming league matches instead, but we hope so.

Real Madrid have a three-point advantage over Barcelona in the League table. The return of Kaka would be a major boost towards reclaiming the title after three years.

Kaka

Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known as Kaka, is the most popular player in the field of football. He is nonetheless one of the most important players in the Brazilian national team. Born on 22nd April, 1982 he is one of the youngest players who have shot up to fame in such a short span of time. Kaka was born in a rich well to do family and was equally focused on studies and football in his early days. However as he grew up his inclination towards football kept increasing and he was soon seen playing for the Sao Paulo’s youth team.

Kaka’s career started escalating and he was soon seen playing for the senior squad and was a promising player for the squad. However his career came to a standstill after a tragic accident where he slipped in to the swimming pool and fractured his back. Even the doctors had confirmed after this that he might eventually become a paralytic. However as one would say, a miracle struck at the right moment, and he managed to recover without much damage and was seen on the pitch playing the next season. Kaka is a religious person and donates one tenth of his yearly salary to the Brazilian Church as a thanksgiving for his miraculous healing.

The scouts of AC Milan were impressed by this upcoming star and his game play and they never thought twice when they signed him for a whooping 8.6 million dollars. Silvio Berlusconi, the owner of AC Milan was heard saying that this amount was a meager one as compared to the fame and earnings brought by Kaka to the club. When Kaka joined he was kept as a substitute to Andrea Pirlo, however the coach soon found that both of them together would make an amazing pair of attacking mid fielders. This decision was not one that went to vain, but instead bought pride to Milan. They went on to win the Italian League in 2004 and Kaka himself scored 10 goals in the 30 appearances he had made. The next year they had a wonderful game at the Champion’s League and even though they lost the finals to Liverpool their confidence was never let down.

Over the years Kaka had become more aggressive in his game play and the coach decided to switch him to the offensive position. This decision again paid off in the coming year of 2006-2007 as Kaka scored 7 goals in the Champions League making him the highest scorer in the tournament. This time again, they met Liverpool in the finals and they got back their revenge of the 2004-2005 season. AC Milan won with a 2-1 margin. Kaka had a hand in both of these goals as the first as from a free kick taken by him and the second was assisted by him. Kaka has definitely improved his game during the years and with his excellent performance and skills, nothing can stop him from becoming a superstar.