October 15, 2011
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.