The Incredible Reception Kaka Received On Return To AC Milan Will Give You Goosebumps
At the peak of his powers, Kaka was, in my opinion, the best midfielder in world football. Don't @ me.
The 2007 Ballon d'Or winner enjoyed two spells as an AC Milan player, first between 2003 and 2009 and then again during the 2013/14 season.
Mind you, his first spell at the club was by far the most prolific, scoring 70 goals in 193 appearances.
Kaka quickly became a fans favourite at the San Siro, bagging a Serie A title and the 2007 Champions League with the Rossoneri during his time at the club.
11 years after lifting European football's biggest prize, the Brazilian is reportedly back at AC as a club director and to celebrate his return, the 36-year-old stepped on the pitch before their win against Roma.
In fact, thousands sang his name in a spine tingling moment ahead of kick-off.
This is incredible.
Back in October of 2017, Kaka said that he no longer "felt joy" when he steps onto the pitch and later retired from the game.
"I don't feel joy in playing football anymore, as I feel pain every time I finish a match," he told Globo Esporte.
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"My body doesn't deal with it very well now and at the age of 35 it is very difficult to recover every time."
Kaka, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, has competed at the highest level in football and is widely viewed as one of the greatest players of our generation.
A league title winner in both Italy and Spain, he has explained his desire to emulate Zinedine Zidane, who swapped the pitch for the dug-out with distinction and guided Real Madrid to back-to-back Champions Leagues.
"I would love to have a career like Zinedine Zidane," he added.
"He stopped playing, took some time, realised he liked coaching and started working in the youth academy. I could follow a similar path."
Meanwhile, Kaka recently spoke about just how close he was to joining Manchester City in 2009 and revealed why the move never materialised.
Speaking to Four Four Two, he said:
"Negotiations went very far indeed. The only thing separating City and I was my final word. The wages I had been offered were much, much higher than what I was earning with Milan.
"I came to the conclusion that it was not quite the right time for me to go to City, and the main reason was the uncertainty over the squad-building process.
"I was being asked to swap one of the most historic and successful clubs in Europe for a team who were only at the beginning of a new project, where I was supposed to be the first big player.
"It was safer to stay at Milan."
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