A top-level player Kaká, a player with a great story, recognized by Pelé and that is still shining.
TEXT: LINDA GUTIÉRREZ
His real name is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, but everyone knows him by his nickname Kaká. He is one of the best players of recent times and now plays for Orlando City.
The start of a story
Kaká was born in Brasilia, when he was a child, he travelled with his family to San Pablo and there he took his first steps in soccer. He started in soccer at age 19 in the San Pablo club, and soon proved that he was clever and had a great talent. He scored 30 goals in the first two seasons and earned the recognition of his peers and people. Many big clubs in Europe noticed him immediately, but Milan had the pleasure of hiring him by paying 8 million dollars.
In Italy, he made a great career and won a lot of accolades. But he wasn’t quite yet at the peak of his career. In 2009 the Real Madrid sought him out to join his team of Galactics, and signed Kaká for a great amount of money: 65 million euros, which was recorded as the third most expensive transfer fee in history, only exceeded by Cristiano Ronaldo and Zidane’s transfer fees.
Kaká is still relevant
At age 34, Kaka continues playing soccer, now with the Orlando City team. Brazil’s head coach, Dunga, said that Kaká is not in the national team for the Copa America because of the lack of rigorous training in the Orlando City team.
TEAMS HE PLAYED FOR
São Paulo (2001 – 2014)
A.C. Milan (2003 – 2014)
Real Madrid C.F. (2009 – 2013)
Orlando City (2015 – to present)
WHAT YOU DIDN´T KNOW
Kaká is a nickname used in Brazil by men who are called Ricardo. Kaká earned that nickname when his younger brother Rodrigo was little and could not pronounce the word “Ricardo” and called him Kaká.
– Ballon d’Or (1): 2007
– Better World Player of Clubs (1): 2007
– FIFA World Player of the year (1): 2007
– Onze d’Or (1): 2007
3. Christ’s athlete
Kaka is also a man of great faith. At the age of 15, he made a faulty jump of a diving-board, suffered a vertebra fracture and it was not possible for him to continue playing soccer. But he made a full recovery. He attributed his recovery to the help of God, and from that moment became an Athlete of Christ.
WHO IS HE?
Nombre: Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite
Date of birth: April/22/1982
Age: 34 years old
Placer of birth: Brasilia, Brazil
Height: 6 feet 1 in
Weight: 172 pounds
Children: Luca Celico Leite, Isabella Celico Leite
For mi Kaká is the best player in the world, because he is the most complete. I rank him above Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.