THE JAMES RODRIGUEZ DEAL
July 20, 2017
German side Bayern Munich shocked many when they quietly completed the loan deal for Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez.
There were rumours that the Columbian could exit the Santiago Bernabeu soon but many likely never expected it to happen this way.
Manchester United were rumoured to be involved at some point as well as other top contenders in European football. The 2014 World Cup star was believed would cost more but Zinedine Zidane opted to release him on a two year deal with an option to buy for an almost below market valuation – very unlike Madrid!
The deal had the potential to be the stealth move of the summer. The player is set to prove himself at the Allianz Arena when the football season resumes. After being signed at the back of major tournament, there were expectations. While Rodriguez is a decent player and one of the biggest names in football, the team was a wrong fit. Continue Reading
KAKA GIVES NEYMAR ADVICE
March 31, 2017
Brazil football legend Kaka has dropped words of advice for his compatriot Neymar regarding his desire to be the world’s best player.
The MLS star says that Neymar should think about a change in his name if he wants the honour.
Neymar has revived his career in the last games after a goal-drought that saw him descend to levels unlike the previous seasons since his move to Camp Nou. He was spectacular in the 6-1 magic Barcelona pulled to restore their Champons League hopes after an earlier 4-0 mauling by French side PSG.
Neyamr, 25, netted two crucial late goals that turned the table around for the Catalan club. He scored his 14th striker in the game but he would be adjudged far from being the best player in the world.
Kaka thinks Neymar can be the best in the world but he advised, jokingly, that the player change his name to “Reymar.” Kaka explained that the rationale behind the advice was that all the successful football stars from Brazil have names that begin with “R.” Continue Reading
Kaka on Jesus Christ
November 17, 2016
Kaka was recently present in a certificate distribution ceremony of a college in the USA where he spoke about his belief in Jesus Christ.
As per Kaka, both his mom and dad considered themselves the children of Jesus and they reckoned that Jesus is behind anything and everything that’s happening around them and in this whole world in general.
And because they imparted those thoughts in him through his childhood and teenage, he also developed that belief in Jesus and that’s why whenever he does something good in his life, he wants to be thankful to Jesus.
As per Kaka, his gestures upwards after his glorious moments on the pitch are also just for showing that thankfulness to the almighty.
In the words of Kaka, “Those who stay around me say I never keep Jesus out of anything. Well I can’t because Jesus is my life. When I find the net and wave upwards, I don’t mean to suggest that Jesus found the net for me. Of course, I did it myself, but, I did it because Jesus blessed me with the potential to do it.” Continue Reading
Injuries are taking a toll on Ricardo Kaka
September 23, 2016
Ricardo Kaka is part of a small group of players that has received the Ballon d’Or award and the performer that does get this recognition basically means that for a specific period of time, that player was the best in the world.
For Kaka, this period of time was back in 2007 as the Brazilian was hands down the most dominating player in the world of football and he was one of the main reasons of why Ac.Milan lifted major pieces of silverware during the years of 2006 and 2007.
When the Brazilian player left Ac.Milan on June of 2009, he joined Real Madrid where his career took a downhill road as he was being overshadowed by other players and even though his price tag was €68.5 million, Kaka was not the main focus of the Spanish club as there were other players who took center stage and something else that affected his playing time was injuries as the Brazilian player had to stay on the sidelines for a significantly long period of time on the bench due to injuries.
The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner is now performing for the MLS side Orlando City and injuries have once again hampered his playing time as some physical problems have made it impossible for the Brazilian player to perform in a few games for the American club.
Back on July 4 of the ongoing year, Kaka had to be removed from the pitch after sustaining an injury and this injury forced the Brazilian player to stay on the sidelines when his team, Orlando City faced off with Houston Dynamo a few days later.
Kaka Positive About Orlando’s Turnaround
July 22, 2016
Kaka being the team captain of Orlando City is confident that they will be able to break out of the slump that has come up in the team’s performance in recent times.
There is a home stretch coming up which will begin this Saturday in Montreal. Once the home stretch is concluded the team will then prepare to proceed to the playoffs. Kaka feels that they should be able to make it to the playoffs. Those who have been worried about Orlando City falls off the edge, it might not be time yet to press the panic button.
There is, however, reason for the fans to be worried. They have not won any of the last six games that they have played. A pivotal moment has come upon them. They are in a position when they will be playing four games out of five games that are scheduled to be played on home ground. Kaka feels that these matches will help to dictate the future of the club. He admits that the period is tough for the club. Continue Reading
KAKA FINE WITH NOT MAKING COPA AMERICA
May 20, 2016
Brazil International, Kaka says he is okay with not making the continental tournament.
The AC Milan legend and currently Orlando City midfielder added that it was “no problem.” He was comfortable with the decision by Brazil manager Dunga to leave him off of the 23-man squad for this summer’s Copa America Centenario.
Given that Brazil will play its second group-stage game against Haiti in Kaka’s home stadium, the Citrus Bowl, there was speculation that the former Ballon d’Or winner might make the final 23. However, a thigh injury has limited Kaka to just three appearances this season for Orlando, though he did record two goals and two assists in that time. While Kaka is expected to play this in Orlando’s home match this Friday against the New York Red Bulls, that return to health wasn’t enough to make the final cut.
Kaka’s most recent appearance for Brazil was in October, when he came on for the final 15 minutes of a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Venezuela.
The star player told ESPN FC:
“I respect Dunga’s decision.
“I tried, I’m ready to play, no problem at all. I still have my team [Orlando City] here, so I will keep playing and if the opportunity comes in the future, I will be happy to serve my national team.”
Kaka has played 91 times for the Selecao since making his debut in 2002, appearing in three World Cups — including the cup-winning side of 2002 — and scoring 29 goals. But incredibly, none of those appearances have come at a Copa America.
Kaka continued saying:
“It was different situations. Continue Reading
Kaka Inspires And Directs Fan Sentiments For Real Madrid
May 4, 2016
Sometimes it is not so much as the goals they win but the passion they show for the team and the game that makes players immortal and larger than life.
Kaka has gained that position with the continued dedication that he has showed to his game and performances over the years. There have been failings which are an essential part of the maturity of any player. Kaka still admits that AC Milan’s game in the Champions League finals haunts him.
It might be rare for players to voice their fears but not everyone is like Kaka who voices not only his fears but how fans need to support their players even during tough times. When Milan lost to Istanbul Kaka was unable to fathom how the loss happened. Kaka is considered a Brazilian icon to most football fans. To him, the game between Liverpool and AC Milan was a haunting one though it proved to be thrilling and dramatic for the onlookers. Though it has been about eleven years after that game, the way Liverpool was able to win at a score of 3-2 and that too on penalty shots is something that Kaka finds daunting even today. Continue Reading
Ricardo Kaka talks about what it’s like to play in the MLS
July 23, 2015
The Brazilian player Ricardo Kaka has gone from being the best player in the world to being a substitute player. Back in 2007 when Kaka was a player of Ac.Milan, he lifted the Ballon d’Or award and considered to be the absolute best player in the world of football.
During his period of time, Kaka was unstoppable and this was why Real Madrid decided to pay an astronomically high price tag of €68.5 million in order to sign the Brazilian midfielder from Ac.Milan but his stay in Real Madrid was underwhelming as he was continuously being hit with injuries which kept him outside of the pitch and was eventually released to the MLS side Orlando City.
Kaka has already played in the American League as the experienced player has made over 15 appearances in the MLS and he has revealed details concerning how this shift of playing in top European clubs and into the MLS has been.
Former star of Ac.Milan, Ricardo Kaka said: “It’s a great experience. I’m so happy with what I decided. Everything is nil. It’s a new experience, with a lot of difference between playing here and in Europe. But good things, not bad things.I’ve been here once with the national team and it’s a great city. When I’ve been here before, we went out and knew a little bit of the city. I’ll try tohaveanotheropportunitytogoaround.” Continue Reading
Kaka sees Ronaldo as best Player of all time
February 5, 2015
Former Brazil international Kaka says that his international teammate Ronaldo is the best player he has ever seen. This is quite a great acclaim for the former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker, who is one of the leading goal scorers in the FIFA World Cup tournament.
Kaka has played with Ronaldo, while at his peak, only at international level. It was not until the striker joined AC Milan during the latter years of his career when Kaka played with him. Even though Kaka has played with some incredible players like Cristiano Ronaldo and also coming up against names like Lionel Messi, he considers Ronaldo to be the best.
This is also the widespread notion and many believe that Ronaldo would have gone to score even more goals had his body allowed. Continue Reading
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.