The legendary Kaka has hinted that retirement is nearing for him, saying that he no longer “feels joy” when he steps onto the pitch.
The former AC Milan and Real Madrid man currently plies his trade with Orlando City in the MLS, having becoming the club’s first designated player and joining the esteemed list of big names within football to move to the United States.
But now 35, his glittering career is coming to an end and the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner says he is pain whenever he plays due to his body not been able to cope like it did previously.
“I don’t feel joy in playing football anymore, as I feel pain every time I finish a match,” he told Globo Esporte.
“My body doesn’t deal with it very well now and at the age of 35 it is very difficult to recover every time.”
Kaka, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, has competed at the highest level in football and is widely viewed as one of the greatest players of our generation.
A league title winner in both Italy and Spain, he has explained his desire to emulate Zinedine Zidane, who swapped the pitch for the dug-out with distinction and guided Real Madrid to back-to-back Champions Leagues.
“I would love to have a career like Zinedine Zidane,” he added.
“He stopped playing, took some time, realised he liked coaching and started working in the youth academy. I could follow a similar path.”
Meanwhile, Kaka recently spoke about just how close he was to joining Manchester City in 2009 and revealed why the move never materialised.
Speaking to Four Four Two, he said:
“Negotiations went very far indeed. The only thing separating City and I was my final word. The wages I had been offered were much, much higher than what I was earning with Milan.
“I came to the conclusion that it was not quite the right time for me to go to City, and the main reason was the uncertainty over the squad-building process.
“I was being asked to swap one of the most historic and successful clubs in Europe for a team who were only at the beginning of a new project, where I was supposed to be the first big player.
“It was safer to stay at Milan.”
How interesting things would have been had that £100 million transfer come to fruition…