PHOTO CREDIT: Orlando Sentinel
Football legend Ricardo Kaka called it a career as he confirmed to hang up his boots at the age of 35.
In his official Twitter account, the former Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder announced his retirement from professional football by saying: “Father, it was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Kaka was one of the greatest players at his prime. He debuted for Sao Paolo in 2001 and won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, scoring 29 goals.
Aside from his accomplishments in World Cup, the 35-year-old striker is also one and the last of the only eight players to win the European Cup/Champions League and a Ballon d’Or.
The other seven players were Bobby Charlton, Gerd Muller, Franz Beckenbauer, Paolo Rossi, Zinedine Zidane, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.
Kaka had been tremendous in his career. He won the 2003-04 Serie A title with AC Milan and a La Liga title with Real Madrid.
In addition, he has been named thrice in the UEFA team of the Year and twice the Serie A Footballer of the year where he also won the Club World Cup in 2007.
In his final three season of his career, he spent it in Major League Soccer with Orlando City SC where he scored 25 goals and 19 assists. Kaka joined the Lions from Milan in 2014.