Kaka could follow Andrea Pirlo into retirement after the Brazilian midfielder admitted he doesn’t enjoy playing football anymore.
The 35-year-old is currently competing in the MLS for Orlando City, but despite a glittering carer including a Ballon d’Or and Champions League, Goal reported he admitted his passion for the beautiful game is long gone.
‘I don’t feel joy in playing football any more, as I feel pain every time I finish a match,’ he said. ‘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 has hinted he may hang up his boots in the near future after losing his ‘joy’ for football
The Brazilian could follow former AC Milan team-mate Andrea Pirlo into retirement
The 35-year-old was a cult hero during his time at AC Milan where he captained the side
KAKA’S CAREER TO DATE
2003-04: Made his AC Milan debut in the Intercontinental Cup.
Went on to score 10 goals in 30 Serie A appearances in Milan’s title-winning campaign.
Crowned Serie A Player of the Year by his peers.
2004-05: Named Italy’s Footballer of the Year.
Won his first and last Italian Super Cup, as well as the Confederations Cup with Brazil.
2006-07: Lifted the Champions League with Milan and claimed the competitions golden boot with 10 goals and was named player of the tournament.
Pipped Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or, as well as being named UEFA’s best player in Europe.
2007-08: Won his only UEFA Super Cup and also helped Milan to the FIFA Club World Cup.
2009-10: Joined Real Madrid for £56million.
Won the Confederations Cup with Brazil for the second time.
2010-11: Helped Madrid to a Spanish Super Cup.
2011-12: Won his first La Liga title and Real’s first in four seasons, having finished below Barcelona each year.
2013-14: Returns to Milan for one season before moving to MLS side Orlando City in 2014.
Is originally loaned out to Brazilian side Sao Paulo before returning in 2014 to make his MLS debut.
Kaka’s £56million transfer to Madrid seemed to be the beginning of the end for Kaka after he struggled to perform under the Bernabeu lights, making 120 appearances, scoring 29 and assisting 39, in his four-year spell.
And beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or in 2006-07
But joined Real Madrid in 2009 and struggled to meet the expectations of his £56m price tag
Kaka though, has claimed he aims to follow in the footsteps of another football icon, Zinedene Zidane.
‘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.’
The midfielder was once consider one of the best in world football but with his Orlando team-mates struggling in the MLS Eastern Conference – 10th, seven points clear of bottom side DC United – the Brazilian could hang up his boots in the not so distant future.