When Kaka Jetted Away From Lionel Messi And Made Barcelona Star Look Slow
It's not often that Lionel Messi comes second best in a duel but Brazilian legend Kaka was the victory many years ago.
The pair squared off at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium as Brazil and Argentina locked horns in a spicy South American friendly affair.
Dunga's Samba stars were already two goals to the good through a double from former Manchester City midfielder Elano, then playing for Shakhtar - when Kaka scored a sensational solo goal to make it 3-0.
Late in the game, having collected possession in his own half, Kaka set off towards goal and breezed past a young Messi.
Messi is anything but a slouch, of course, and did his best to catch him, but Kaka's combination of pace and power was electric and he made his way to the opposition box in lighting quick fashion.
He kept going and had the composure to supply a tidy finish that sneaked in despite a defender running back in on the line.
Kaka wasn't exactly known for his pace because he was so complete but make no mistake about it, when he was in his stride and had the ball at his feet, you weren't catching him.
Years after schooling Messi in London, the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner ended up getting ruined himself when he turned up at a 4G pitch in Haggerston, Hackney in February 2020.
The 38-year-old joined East London outfit Reach Out FC on a one-game loan and completely ran the show in a 4-2 victory for the side.
However, he also the victim of a brutal nutmeg during the game.
Jamil Farid, who turns out for Hackney Wick FC, rolled the ball through the former AC Milan and Real Madrid star's legs in filthy fashion.
Kaka ran off total disbelief to begin with but soon embraced Farid, the man who just embarrassed him, in some wonderful scenes.
"It's a feeling you can't explain, if you did it you would know," Farid joked, speaking to SPORTbible.
"All jokes aside it's amazing just to get the opportunity to share the pitch him. We just shared like a moment where we kind of hugged it out so there's no hard feelings.
"It hasn't sunk in yet at all. When I saw him walking in I was in I was literally thinking, 'What is Kaka doing in East London?!' - he's one of my idols so it was such an honour and privilege to share the pitch with a legend."
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