Kaka to retire in North American League
January 7, 2015
Former AC Milan midfielder Kaka says that he is ready to retire in the North American league.
The Brazilian will be officially completing the move to Orlando City FC in the next few weeks. His loan spell with São Paulo comes to a close just as the Brazilian season has ended. Kaka has been at São Paulo for the last few months after leaving Milan. He straightaway joined Orlando City but since they were yet to join the MLS at that point. Now that Orlando City are ready to join the MLS in the 2015 season, Kaka is set to begin pre-season with the club.
MLS is on the verge of attracting several stars to the league, but one of the most iconic among them – Frank Lampard – looks unlikely to join the league for the start of the campaign. The former Chelsea midfielder moved to New York City FC but he was immediately loaned back to the Premier League. His return with Manchester City has been extremely productive and Lampard has been one of the important players in the City team despite his short spell with the club. Not many expected him to have the same impact given that he was 36 years old.
Kaka, though, believes that the MLS could be a major league going forward and will be capable of attracting top names at a much younger age. Jermain Defoe is one of the big names who has joined the MLS at the start of his 30s. “MLS is making big steps, big progress. I’m not here to retire, I’m here to win. I had another opportunity to earn more than they are paying me here,” said Kaka, who will become the most expensive player in the MLS. He will be reportedly paid just over £ 7 million per season.