Kaká, byname of Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, (born April 22, 1982, Brasília, Brazil), Brazilian football (soccer) player who was named the World Player of the Year by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 2007. Kaká had previously assisted Filippo Inzaghi's opening goal of the match and also assisted Inzaghi's final goal of the match after an impressive exchange with Clarence Seedorf; he was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the competition. In the 54th minute, Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo fouled Kaká in the box to give Orlando City a penalty kick.  The word has no specific Portuguese translation. , In January 2008, Kaká was also named the 2007 Serie A Footballer of the Year, winning the award for the second time in his career. Milan began the season by winning the Supercoppa Italiana against Lazio. , Kaká was unveiled as a Real Madrid player on 30 June 2009, and he made his unofficial debut on 7 August 2009 in a 5–1 friendly victory against Toronto FC.  Kaká finished the 2007–08 season with 15 goals in Serie A and was nominated as a finalist for the FIFA World Player of the Year, finishing in fourth place, and was nominated for the Ballon d'Or, finishing in eighth place. Owing to his performances as a playmaker in his prime at A.C. Milan, a period marked by his creative passing, goal scoring and dribbles from midfield, Kaká is widely considered one of the best players of his generation. Real Madrid .  He made his comeback in a league match against Goiás on 27 July 2014, starting and scoring a goal in the 76th minute, although his team lost 2–1.  He finished as the top scorer in the 2006–07 Champions League campaign with ten goals. Several months later, he made his debut for the senior Brazil squad in a friendly match against Bolivia on 31 January 2002.  After an eight-month absence, Kaká returned to play by entering as a substitute for Karim Benzema on the 77th minute of a 3–2 victory over Getafe on 3 January 2011. However, after four injury troubled seasons in Spain, which saw his physical mobility rapidly decline, he returned to Milan for a single season in 2013, prior to joining MLS expansion club Orlando City. Injuries.  Milan vice-chairman and CEO Adriano Galliani confirmed that he and Kaká's father, Bosco Leite, had traveled to Mexico to meet with La Volpe: "We had lunch and spoke about Kaká. , —Kaká speaking in 2013 on his Brazil teammate Ronaldo being the best player he's played with. Orlando City captain Kaká excited for rare career first when he represents Brazil in the Copa América Centenario next month after surprise call-up. The steady European interest in Kaká culminated in his signing with the European champions, Italian club A.C. Milan, in 2003 for a fee of reported €8.5 million, described in retrospect as "peanuts" by club owner Silvio Berlusconi.  Kaká, however, was not selected for the national team for the 2013 Confederations Cup and was also omitted in Scolari's 2014 World Cup squad. Replying to a viral tweet about the whole episode, Aden said he still backed his original shout for the cutback.  In July 2016, he was included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game.  He scored his first goal for Madrid during a pre-season match on 19 August 2009, in a 5–0 victory against Borussia Dortmund. , In April 2012, Kaká became the first sportsperson to amass ten million followers on Twitter, and by March 2015, Kaká had the fifth-highest social media rank in the world among athletes, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, David Beckham and Neymar, with 33 million Facebook fans.  On 4 September 2014, in the second round of the Copa Sudamericana, Kaká scored in a 2–0 victory over Criciúma. Além d ótimo profissional é tbm uma ótima pessoa.  Kaká was one of several Brazilian international footballers to endorse Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 Brazilian presidential election. The team was top heavy and unbalanced, and forced to work back in midfield, Kaká paid the price.  At the age of 18, Kaká suffered a career-threatening and possibly paralysis-inducing spinal fracture as a result of a swimming pool accident, but made a full recovery. By doing so, Orlando became the first expansion team to beat a defending MLS champion by more than a three-goal margin.  On 1 May 2015, Kaká was selected as one of seven stand-by players in Brazil's preliminary squad for the 2015 Copa América, although he was not called up for the final tournament. He recovered, however, and made his first-team debut in January 2001. “It may seem that I have everything,” he says. His name is actually Kaká, the second syllable is stressed due to the accented a. I think without the acute accent (i.e. Real Madrid target Igor Gomes: why he's tagged 'the new Kaká' The similarities to Kaká in Igor Gomes' play are striking, and the …  He is best friends with Marcelo Saragosa, who also played professionally. , —Pelé on Kaká after he was named the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year.  His school had arranged him in a local youth club called "Alphaville," who qualified to the final in a local tournament. His only two goals came in Brazil's group stage opener against Egypt on 14 June, when he scored a goal in the fifth minute and then added a 90th-minute penalty in Brazil's 4–3 victory. Kaká was equally adept at initiating and finishing attacks, and his forceful all-around skills developed with Milan.  With success at club and international level, he is one of eight players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d'Or.. , On 5 August 2010, Real Madrid announced that Kaká had undergone a successful surgery on a long-standing left knee injury and would face up to four months on the sidelines. He made his first appearance in Italy the next month in a 2–0 win over Ancona. He also expressed interest in working as a director, confirming that his former club Milan had offered him a role.  He scored his third goal of the season in a 2–2 draw against Sporting KC on 13 May 2017. The name ‘Kaka’ has no specific Portuguese translation. Brazil eventually ended up losing 2–1 to World Cup eventual runners-up Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the tournament. “I think when (team owner) Flavio explained that to Kaka and showed him the interest that was building in Orlando, it was a no-brainer for him,” Chin said.  In an interview with the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Kaka manifested the will to become an evangelical pastor.  On 7 July, he was chosen to play for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game for the third consecutive season.  Kaká made a total of 58 appearances for São Paulo, scoring 23 times.. Sort: Popular; Recent; Breno Caputo Filho August 23, 2014.  On 9 November 2014, Kaká scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Vitória. Figura inigualável! Digão called him “Caca” due to his inability to pronounce “Ricardo” when they were young.  On 17 December, Kaká was voted the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year with 1,047 votes, ahead of Lionel Messi with 504 and Cristiano Ronaldo with 426. Kaká had previously hit the post in the first half. Born. He retired from professional football in December 2017.  He was also made the vice-captain upon his arrival. Needless to say, Kaká buried it and gave Orlando City a three-goal lead in the 56th minute. Kaká is a Brazilian professional footballer.  Real Madrid finished the season as runners-up in La Liga, with Kaká scoring eight goals and providing six assists in La Liga, and nine goals and eight assists in all competitions. But for Morelli, a 24-year-old native of São Paulo who signed with HFX Wanderers FC in February, he’ll never forget when Kaká … Later, it was reported that Kaká would be out for 6 weeks due to a hamstring strain. Kaká is religious. In 2002 he debuted on the Brazilian national team, playing in a match against Bolivia, and later that year Brazil won the World Cup. He said he was "(...) happy for playing a game again and for stepping onto a pitch. Relationships. The lack of pronunciation eventually evolved into the name ‘ Kaká’. He eventually moved to A.C. Milan, where he was also extremely successful.  He scored a long range stunner against Atlanta United on 29 July. " His first league goal (and his first of the season) after his return from injury came with an assist from Cristiano Ronaldo on a 4–2 victory over Villarreal on 9 January 2011.  Within a month, he cracked the starting lineup, replacing Rui Costa in the attacking midfield playmaking position, behind strikers Jon Dahl Tomasson, Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko. "Caroline Celico on Instagram: "Uma das decisões mais difíceis da nossa vida é escolher se queremos andar juntos, ou separados. Corrections?  On 2 December 2007, Kaká became the eighth Milan player to win the Ballon d'Or, as he finished with a decisive 444 votes, well ahead of runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo. After signing an extension with Milan in early 2008, Kaká became the highest-paid footballer in the world, with an annual income from the game alone amounting to €8 million (about $12 million) and extensive corporate sponsorship deals. His Serie A debut was in a 2–0 win over Ancona. He scored ten goals in 30 appearances that season, also providing several important assists, such as the cross which led to Shevchenko's title-deciding headed goal, as Milan won the Scudetto and the UEFA Super Cup, whilst finishing as runner up in the Intercontinental Cup and the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana. Kaká started his footballing career at the age of eight, when he began playing for a local club. , Orlando City were officially eliminated from playoff contention on 7 October, following New York Red Bulls's 3–0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps. Kakà was included in Brazil's squad for 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany. Unlike other notable stars who played in the MLS toward the end of their careers, Kaká kept up his strong play in the U.S., earning All-Star honours in each of his first two seasons with Orlando City. Kaká and Ronaldinho in midfield, backed up by strikers Ronaldo and Adriano.  Kaká's contract was worth €4 million net per year and he was given the number 22 shirt, the same number he wore for Milan during his first spell. 3 Photos.  Kaká scored one and assisted another in a 2–2 draw with Montreal Impact on 28 March 2015.  Kaká had made a dribbling run into Sevilla's area, winning a penalty, which he then proceeded to take. " As well as his dribbling from midfield, Kaká was also renowned for his vision and passing ability, enabling him to create chances for teammates.  In addition to these characteristics, Kaká also possessed a powerful and accurate shot from both inside and outside the penalty area, with either foot, despite being naturally right-footed; he was also an accurate penalty taker.  On 29 March 2014, Kaká scored twice in a 3–0 win against Chievo, his 300th match for Milan. Kaká had a swimming pool accident when he was just 18 years old, as he suffered from a possibly paralysis-inducing spinal fracture, which threatened his career.  Kaká was once again nominated for the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year Awards, finishing ninth and eighth respectively, and he was named the 2005 UEFA Club Football Best Midfielder. No tips and reviews. At age 8, Kaká was playing with São Paulo FC, where he succeeded in all categories. “Due to my wealth and fame, some people ask why or if I still need Jesus. Kaká finished eighth and seventh, respectively, in balloting for FIFA Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 before winning almost every available honour in 2007, when he was named both European Player of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year. , Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite was born in Gama, Federal District, to Simone dos Santos, an elementary school teacher, and Bosco Izecson Pereira Leite, a civil engineer. His performances saw him win the FIFA World Player of the Year, the 2007 Ballon d'Or, the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker awards.  He is also close friends with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao. Although he professed a desire to finish his career in Milan, Kaká transferred to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid in June 2009, a move that was spurred by the Italian club’s dire financial straits. , Kaká started in his first FIFA World Cup finals in 2006 and scored his first and only goal of the tournament in Brazil's 1–0 victory over Croatia in Brazil's opener, for which he was named Man of the Match. He attributes his recovery to God and has since tithed his income to his church. After six years with Milan, Kaká joined Real Madrid in 2009 for a transfer fee of €67 million, which was the second highest transfer fee at the time.  On his return to the national side, Kaká scored in both matches, a 6–0 win over Iraq and a 4–0 win over Japan. Updates?  He won the Time 100 honour again in 2009. " Anka adds that being the last player to win FIFA World Player of the Year (in 2007) prior to the Messi-Ronaldo dominance over the next decade, Kaká's standing in the game has been "lost in a haze", with his "greatness just out of sight". After the 2006 Calciopoli scandal, however, Milan were deducted 30 points, which placed them in third in the table. By 2007 Kaká stood at the apex of world soccer, sweeping its highest individual honors: the FIFPro World Player of the Year, the Ballon d’Or for best in the world and the FIFA World Player of the Year. , Kaká announced his retirement on 17 December 2017, after turning down offers from former clubs São Paulo and Milan. Gabe Lezra examines Kaká's value in relation to the expectations that have been placed on him. At age 15 he was given a contract, but his progress was interrupted three years later by a serious spinal injury (sustained in a swimming accident), which threatened his career. Best of times It was an important win and a special night. Reasonably unusual in stature for a playmaking midfielder at a little over six feet tall, Kaká could still turn and accelerate past a defender in the same way the smaller, low-centre-of-gravity No. Milan also reached the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia that season. When he was seven, Kaká's family moved to São Paulo, in the homonymous state.  Following Douglas Costa's left thigh injury in late May 2016, which ruled him out of Brazil's Copa América Centenario squad, Kaká was called up as a replacement by Dunga. " Brazil coach Mano Menezes said that despite Kaká and Oscar's similarities, the two would be able to play alongside each other, as Kaká had slightly changed his playing style. , Kaká was called up for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, but the Brazilians crashed out to Ghana in the quarter-finals. , Kaká is a devout evangelical Christian who was an active member of the São Paulo-based Rebirth in Christ Church.  He captained Milan in his debut for his second spell, taking the armband from goalkeeper Marco Amelia in a match against Chiasso.  He had a financially secure upbringing that allowed him to focus on both school and football at the same time. " During his prime at Milan in the mid to late 2000s, and prior to the injuries he suffered at Real Madrid which affected his mobility, Kaká was a quick, agile, hard-working, highly skilful and creative team player with great pace, ball control, movement, and balance, capable of dribbling past defenders in one on one situations as well as during counterattacks. , BBC reported on 13 January 2009 that Manchester City made a bid for Kaká for over £100 million.  They were, however, eliminated for the second year in a row in the semi-finals of the Champions League, losing out to eventual runners-up Bayern Munich on penalties.  In August 2015, Kaká announced he would attend Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, and major in Sports Marketing. He was also selected to be part of both the UEFA Team of the Year and the FIFPro World XI for the first time in his career..  Kaká was unable to keep up the momentum for the remainder of the tournament, as Brazil was eliminated by France in the quarter-finals with French star Thierry Henry scoring the winner..  On 30 May, he subsequently appeared as an 80th-minute substitute in a pre-Copa América friendly warm-up match against Panama, which ended in a 2–0 victory to Brazil.  He played his last official match for Orlando on 15 October in a 1–0 home defeat against Columbus Crew; he finished the 2017 MLS season with 6 goals and 5 assists in 23 league appearances. Kaká married his childhood sweetheart, Caroline Celico, on 23 December 2005 at a Rebirth in Christ church in Sao Paulo. The other Ronaldo, Cristiano, probably makes my top five, but I have seen il Fenomeno do things nobody else has ever done. On 27 September 2011, Kaká experienced one of his best matches as a Real Madrid player during a 3–0 victory over Ajax in the Champions League, as he scored one goal, provided one assist and participated in one of the best team build-ups of the matchday: a counterattacking move involving Mesut Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. , On 13 April 2015, Kaká scored a penalty against Portland Timbers in a 2–0 win. Been here 25+ times.  After missing out on the Copa América, he returned to play in Brazil's friendly match against Algeria on 22 August 2007. , At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, during the match against Ivory Coast on 20 June, Kaká received a controversial red card after receiving two yellow cards. Dubbed the "Miracle of Istanbul," Milan led 3–0 at half time, before Liverpool staged a comeback, scoring three goals in six minutes, and eventually won the match 3–2 on penalties.  Real Madrid finished the season in second place in La Liga behind Barcelona, and also finished runners-up in the Copa del Rey to city rivals Atlético Madrid.  After the match, Kaká said, "This was an important goal for me, and I hope I've still got goals left to help Real Madrid. In 2006 he was part of the "magic quartet". Post.  He signed a contract extension through 2013 with Milan on 29 February 2008. In addition to his individual awards, between 2006 and 2009 he was named in both the FIFA World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year three times. A professor called the family and suggested enrolling him in a football school. In his next match, on 22 October, Kaká assisted Robinho in the 1–1 home draw against Barcelona in the Champions League.  After almost 18 months, Kaká was recalled to the Brazilian team in October 2014 by new manager Dunga for friendlies against Argentina and Japan.  Kaká ended the tournament with three assists in total, as the joint-top assist provider, although he failed to score a goal during the tournament. He first signed to São Paulo FC when he was fifteen years old, and he had major success there. He made his senior side debut on 1 February 2001 and scored 12 goals in 27 appearances, in addition to leading São Paulo to its first and only Torneio Rio-São Paulo championship, in which he scored two goals in two minutes as a substitute against Botafogo in the final, which São Paulo won 2–1. Kaka) his name would mean, well, "crap", in various languages but because the last syllable is emphasised he's safe :) lol.  He once again finished as the second-best assist-provider of the Champions League, providing five, and was voted the 2007 IFFHS World's Best Playmaker. , On 16 December, Kaká won the FIFA Club World Cup against Boca Juniors, scoring Milan's third goal of the match in a 4–2 victory which allowed them to be crowned World Champions. Kaká Werá (born 1964), Brazilian writer and politician; Kaka Mallam Yale (born 1953), Nigerian politician; See more at Wikipedia.org... Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (; born 22 April 1982), commonly known as Kak á or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team.  Despite his efforts, he was unable to help Orlando City become the first expansion team to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs since the Seattle Sounders in 2009, as Orlando narrowly missed out on the sixth seed spot in the Eastern Conference; he ended his first season with 9 goals and 7 assists in 28 MLS appearances, also scoring another goal from two appearances in the 2015 MLS Open Cup. C. Mendonca (Kaká) plays for Copa Sudamericana … He scored three goals during the tournament. He scored seven goals in 36 domestic appearances as Milan finished runner-up in the Scudetto race. Scelto il danno minore, "Fantacalcio: i migliori rigoristi e le possibili sorprese", "Seven dead and dozens injured after 'Kaka's church' collapses during service". Real Madrid's Kaká playing in a Spanish domestic league football match against Mallorca, January 10, 2010.  On 17 June he assisted Matías Pérez García's goal against Montreal Impact.  There he was discovered by hometown club São Paulo FC, who offered him a place in the youth academy.  One of the goals helped the Rossoneri eliminate Celtic in the round of 16, 1–0 on aggregate, and he scored three goals against Manchester United in the semi-finals.  He scored his first goal, a penalty, on 23 September in a 2–0 win against Villarreal.  Milan were knocked out in the semi-finals of the 2005–06 Champions League to eventual champions Barcelona, and were once again eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Kaka-Brazilian-football-player. I don't deny it. About Kaká. Quite a few reasons actually. He also had the same phrase, along with "God Is Faithful," stitched onto the tongues of his boots. Kaká owed his nickname to his younger brother Rodrigo, who as a child could not pronounce Ricardo and could manage only “Caca.” Kaká was seven when the family moved to São Paulo. , Kaká married his childhood sweetheart Caroline Celico on 23 December 2005 at a Rebirth in Christ church in São Paulo. He was also nominated for the Ballon d'Or award, finishing in sixth place, and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year for the third time in his career.  He became engrossed in religion at the age of 12: "I learnt that it is faith that decides whether something will happen or not." Been here 25+ times. , On 3 July 2014, Kaká arrived at São Paulo and began training the next day. On 30 June 2014, Kaká had his Milan contract terminated through mutual consent despite having a year remaining, by activating a release clause as a result of the team not qualifying for European competitions. Kaka", "Rooney, Kaka named FIFA 12 global cover stars", "EA Sports FIFA 16 is finally in stores! Due to his performances in his debut season, in 2004, Kaká was named Serie A Footballer of the Year, and was nominated for both the Ballon d'Or (finishing in 15th place) and the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards (finishing in ninth place). Find out who made the MLS custom cover", "Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Shakira as Facebook's most 'liked' person", "FC Dallas Updates: AC Milan or Liverpool? Andriy Shevchenko's departure to Chelsea for the 2006–07 season allowed Kaká to become the focal point of Milan's offense as he alternated between the midfield and forward positions, operating at times as a striker or as a second striker behind Filippo Inzaghi, as well as in his more typical attacking midfield position.  On 12 May 2007, citing an exhaustive schedule of Serie A, Champions League and national team play, Kaká bowed out of the 2007 Copa América, which Brazil won.  He made his return for Milan on 19 October after coming on as a 76th-minute substitute in a 1–0 home victory against Udinese.  Exhibiting his "fantastic acceleration and balletic grace", Kaká regards it as the greatest goal he ever scored.  Regarding his speed and elegance on the ball, in 2017, Karl Matchett of Bleacher Report stated: "His gait, particularly when in possession, was mesmeric.  Off the field, Kaká is known for his humanitarian work, where he became the youngest ambassador of the UN World Food Programme in 2004.  Having performed predominantly as a playmaking attacking midfielder throughout his career, he was known for being capable of scoring goals as well as creating and assisting them. Kaká provided the assist on Larin’s 34th-minute goal.  In 2011–12, Real Madrid won La Liga with a record 100 points that year, with Kaká providing nine assists and scoring five goals in the competition.  Kaká returned to training after a long lay-off, with manager José Mourinho commenting that having Kaká back from injury was like a new signing. " Carl Anka of the BBC writes that his "knee and groin problems sapped him of the explosive half-yard burst he needed to navigate the corridors of midfield uncertainty", and that by 2009 he "was already on the wane. The word has no specific Portuguese translation. Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, 22 April 1982, in Brasilia. 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