Former Brazilian international midfielder Kaka has announced his retirement from football.
Kaka, 35, began his footballing career in Brazil with Sao Paulo before featuring for European giants like AC Milan and Real Madrid.
His most recent stint was with MLS club Orlando City for whom he played his last match as the club’s season ended in October before the 2002 World Cup winner (Brazil) was reportedly offered a director role at Serie A club Milan in November.
It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amem.
Foi muito mais do que eu pedi ou imaginei!Obrigado! Eis-me aqui para próxima jornada. Em nome de Jesus. Amém. pic.twitter.com/PofZBAV0BE
— Kaka (@KAKA) December 17, 2017
Kaka, a devout Christian, announced his retirement via a Twitter post on Sunday. He tweeted: “Father, it was much more than I could ever [have] imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
The 2007 World Best Player is one of only eight players to win the treble of World Cup, European Cup/Champions League and Ballon d’Or. Others are: Bobby Charlton, Gerd Muller, Franz Beckenbauer, Paolo Rossi, Zinedine Zidane, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.
The Brazilian football legend scored 29 times in 92 appearances for the Selecao and his major highlight was winning the 2002 FIFA World Cup.