Brazil great Kaka retiring from soccer at age 35

first_imgFILE-In this Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 file photo, Brazil’s Kaka waves as he arrives for a training session ahead of a friendly match against Argentina at the Bird’s Nest National Stadium in Beijing, China. Former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35, it was reported on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)Former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35.Kaka, who played for Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid, told Brazil’s Globo TV on Sunday that “my last word is that the cycle of my career as a player ends here.”ADVERTISEMENT “I needed time to think and take a decision calmly,” Kaka said. “I have arrived to the conclusion that now is the moment to finish my career as a professional player.”A graceful midfielder, Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil, scoring 29 goals and featuring at three World Cups. He was part of the Brazil squad that lifted the global trophy in 2002.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Kaka said that he would like to remain linked professionally to soccer, perhaps as a manager or sports director of a team.Kaka was 21 when Milan brought him to Italy from Sao Paulo. The dangerous playmaker won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s World Player award in 2007. He was part of the Milan team that won the 2007 Champions League final against Liverpool, and scored 95 goals across all competitions for the Rossoneri. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Miguel clobbers Phoenix Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kaka joined Real Madrid in 2009 for 67 million euros ($78.7 million) but had an up-and-down stint due to a series of injuries. He returned to Milan on a free transfer ahead of the 2013-14 season. A brief spell back with Sao Paulo preceded three MLS campaigns with Orlando, for whom he enjoyed individual success despite limited results for the Florida franchise.Kaka was a free agent after leaving Orlando in October.Kaka tweeted Sunday that “I’m now ready for the next journey.”ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more