Kaká Hopes to Leave Post-Retirement Mark on Milan

A growing trend among professional athletes has been the usage of social media to make important announcements. And on Sunday, December 17, Brazilian soccer star Kaká declared his retirement via his Twitter account to his nearly 30 million followers.

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The 35-year-old leaves a legacy that will forever rival the playing careers of fellow superstars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. In fact, Kaká is the most recent recipient not named Ronaldo or Messi to win the Ballon d’Or, which is the award given to the male player of the year.

In the year that Kaká won the Ballon d’Or (2007), Pele said of attacking midfielder, “He’s the complete player.”

Five years earlier, in 2002, Kaká announced himself to the world stage, winning the World Cup with Brazil.

Full name Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, Kaká did most of his international damage in his career with AC Milan, where he played for six seasons beginning in 2003, before leaving to play for Real Madrid. While in Spain, Kaká captured a league title and a Copa del Rey. He returned to Milan for a brief stint before coming to the United States to play three seasons for Orlando City of the MLS.

Upon his announcement, Milan was one of the clubs to offer him a contract that would have extended his playing career, but Kaká felt that it was time to hang up the cleats.

In a farewell interview he gave to Brazil’s Globo TV, he was candid about a different kind of future with Milan.

I would like to participate in the club in another way, as a manager, a sporting director, as someone who is between the pitch and the club. I prepared very hard to be a professional footballer and I want to prepare for this new role.

From the sounds of it, Kaká is determined to once again leave his mark on Milan in his third stint with the club. It just won’t be as a player this time around.

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