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Kaka
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
Desc At his peak, Kaka was a force of nature, combining technical ability and robotic-like precision to wonderful effect, running the show for Milan during the mid-2000s. He was awarded with the Ballon d’Or in 2007 for his performances with I Rossoneri and, if your’e still in doubt about his ability, just go and re-watch his goal against Manchester United in the Champions League. Majestic stuff.

Affiliation

Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid
  AC Milan

2006 05 Retrieve

[Kaka on Steven Gerrard] An excellent player, in my opinion, he is a modern player because he is a player who runs, marks, knows how to pass, cross, score goals and he is a leader on the field for Liverpool. So he is a player that I would like to have in my team

2006 11 Retrieve

[Kaka on Steven Gerrard] England have always had individually strong players and I am a huge fan of Stevie Gerrard, He has the heart of a lion and is the icon of the modern footballer with his ability to attack and defend so well

2009 03 31 Retrieve

[When Kaka was questioned by British football magazine Four-Four-Two recently as to who he thought was the best player in the world] That’s a difficult question. If I had to choose three, I would pick Cristiano Ronaldo, because of his skill and speed; Messi, because of his flair and skills; and Steven Gerrard, who for me is the complete modern player

2009 04 16 Retrieve

[Kaka wants AC Milan to sign Steven Gerrard, despite the England midfielder recently agreeing a new contract with Liverpool. The Brazilian said] The time has arrived to re-energise a group which has many players at the end of their contracts. Gerrard is a complete player and can play anywhere. I could see him fitting in really well at AC Milan

2009 11 12 Retrieve

[Kaka said Steven Gerrard has The Heart Of a Lion] For me, and I have always said this, he will be regarded as one of the greatest midfielders ever when he finishes his career. No doubt

2010 08 Retrieve

[Kaka on Steven Gerrard] Gerrard will fit in with any club in the world. He’s one of the players in the world that have all what it takes to play for Real Madrid. I want to urge Gerrard to join Real Madrid. If you don’t play for Real Madrid you always feel that something is missing. There is nothing better than wearing Real Madrid’s jersey. This is a big opportunity for Gerrard. I’m not talking money wise, but victories wise. I’m sure that Gerrard has alot of respect towards Mourinho. Steven signing for Real Madrid will be perfect for him

2013 11 09 Retrieve

[Kaka, who, as well as the Ronaldos, has played alongside the likes of Paolo Maldini, Neymar, Andrea Pirlo, Raul, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho, Manuel Rui Costa and Andriy Shevchenko] The best player I have ever played with? That’s [Ronaldo](ronaldo.html), O Fenômeno. The other [Ronaldo](ronaldo.html) - Cristiano - probably makes my top five, but I have seen O Fenômeno do things that nobody else has ever done

2015 03 13 Retrieve

[Kaka delivers an inspirational dressing-room speech ahead of Orlando City’s professional debut] One thing I’ve learned in football is that good players can win one game, five games, ten games, but just a good team can win the championship. Today we’re going to fight together, we’re going to attack together, we’re going to defend together. We have to be a group, not singles players. Everybody together, let’s win this game!

2017 05 20 Retrieve

[Kaka expresses his surprise at the coaching success that Zinedine Zidane has had so far with the Spanish giants] When I was there [at Real Madrid], I had [Zinedine Zidane] as a second coach for Jose Mourinho, and he started doing very well, but I think it’s a big surprise for everybody. He was an amazing player, and he’s smart, he’s intelligent, but the results he’s been having this season are incredible. He can win the league and he can win the [UEFA] Champions League, so they are very, very good results for just two years as a professional coach. So congratulations to Zidane

2017 08 19 Retrieve

[Kaka is hopeful that AC Milan can return to winning titles in Italy] I think AC Milan is doing really well in the transfer market. They have bought very good players with good spirit. I hope and I wish that Milan will fight for the Scudetto this season and return to the Champions League. This is what I want for Milan. I love the club, I support the club. I want to see them winning and being in the place they deserve to be - at the top

2019 03 23 Retrieve

[Kaka offers his theory on how Cristiano Ronaldo stays on top of his game] It doesn’t surprise me for what it is, it surprises me because he’s still at this level. I believe there is also a Messi effect, the infinite challenge, this desire to always outdo himself. At 34 and after so many successes, Cristiano still finds surprising motivations

2019 09 19 Retrieve

[Kaka says Being forced to remain at Paris Saint-Germain can be beneficial to Neymar] For Neymar, I think it’s good to stay there at PSG for now. I think it’s good for him, for the club. I think PSG are always trying to build this great team, to win a Champions League. So he can be the leader for his project and, in my opinion, it’s good. It will be a great year for him

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[Kaka backs Real Madrid and ‘unbelievable’ Zidane to deliver trophies] For Real Madrid, we always have to win something. This is the pressure for Zidane - he needs to win something. La Liga or the Champions League. These are the two championships that are the most important for the supporters and the club. Of course, he knows that. I think Real Madrid has a very good team, very good players and an unbelievable coach. Real Madrid is ready to win something this season again

[Kaka believes Eden Hazard will thrive in Spanish football] He’s very good and playing in Spain gives him a little more space than here in England. He’ll have the chance. When he gets used to playing in Spain, he’ll be more comfortable and we will see a lot of magic from him

[Speculating on whether Hazard can compete with Lionel Messi for the Liga limelight in the way that Cristiano Ronaldo did during his spell at Madrid] I think we were lucky to watch these two players (Messi and Ronaldo) playing in a battle against each other. It was really, really nice. Now, we love to see how Real Madrid are going to handle Barcelona, how Real Madrid can win the league again. And, of course, Hazard will be one of the keys for these chances for Real Madrid. If they are going to create this rivalry between Hazard and Messi… we will see

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Because of the expensive pricing of tickets, only a few hundred people turned up for the six-a-side exhibition match between Kaka XI and local side, Karachi FC] We want to contribute to football (in Pakistan) in any way we can

2020 02 06 Retrieve

[Brazil legend Kaka believes that Neymar has a chance of winning the 2020 Ballon d’Or] Do I believe that Neymar can win it in 2020? He is one of the best players in the world, there is no doubt about it. What he needs now is to win a team title and be one of the main protagonists of this achievement

[In terms of his own ambition] I’m working to be a sporting director or a manager, that’s what I think will happen in the future. But it won’t be today, because I still have many things to learn in many areas. Then I’ll see what opportunities are presented to me

[He revealed that he is in close contact with PSG sporting director Leonardo] I talk a lot with him and he gives me a lot of good advice

2020 02 09 Retrieve

[Kaka says Roberto Firmino and Luis Suarez are the best strikers in the world] Alisson is the best goalkeeper in the world right now. Fabinho is one of the best midfielders and for me, Firmino and Suarez as the best strikers in the world right now. Firmino is not just a striker who stays in the box all the time, he comes and gets the ball and creates the plays. For me, it’s really good to see Brazilian’s having this great success in the Premier League

[When asked which team in world football he enjoys watching most right now] Liverpool. It’s good to see a team playing a season like this. In a competition like the Premier League its very hard to have a season like this. They’re in very good shape, they have very good coach and very good players. Jurgen [Klopp] is a pioneer, he’s not afraid to try something different

2020 02 09b Retrieve

[Kaka believes Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona] I think it’s not going to be a problem for him to play in the Premier League, or [to play] at a top club at the top three leagues in the world would be good for him. But of course it depends on what he wants for his career. It’s hard to see him playing for another club, but it’s just … [he may feel,] ‘It’s okay, it’s time for me to change and I’ll go to have another experience and I’ll be the best football player in the world for another team

I think the most important thing is not the broken part but the way this is going to be broken. When [Cristiano] Ronaldo left Madrid we were sad that Ronaldo left the club and of course a lot of them regret Ronaldo’s left Real Madrid. But I think everybody at the time understood that, okay, for him it’s another challenge, he needs another challenge, he needs to move, it’s okay, we are one of the best clubs in the world and we’ll keep going, Real Madrid needs to rebuild. It’s more the way, if it’s going to happen, it’s the way that it’s going to happen

I’m in this position right now to understand the clubs, the sports director, how to manage a club, how to build a team, and it’s a very good situation for me to understand how they’re going to handle this, because right now everything’s so hot.

We’re going to hear a lot about that, but I’m looking forward to seeing the next step - Messi, [whether] he’s going to leave, Abidal, or the club, Barcelona, how they’re going to manage this situation will be really nice. From outside it’s really hard to say something. I don’t know if Messi wants to leave or he just wants to protect his players - [and is thinking,] ‘As a captain, I need to protect my team

2020 03 25 Retrieve

[Brazilian legend Kaka has also put Gerrard above Lampard and Scholes] I like Gerrard. Because we had this challenge between ourselves in 2005 and 2007, I really admire him. Of course, Lampard was pretty amazing, Scholes the classic. But I’ll have Gerrard

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[Kaka selects Messi ahead of Ronaldo despite Real Madrid links] I played with Cristiano and he’s really amazing, but I’ll go with Messi. He’s a genius, a pure talent. The way he plays is incredible

Cristiano is a machine. It’s not just the way he’s strong, powerful and fast; he’s strong mentally. He always wants to win and play. To be the best. For me, that’s the most incredible thing he has. In the history of sport, they [Messi and Cristiano] are definitely in the top five. We are very lucky to have been able to see both of them.

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[AC Milan legend Kaka says the relationship he shared with the club’s fans was totally ‘authentic’ during his two spells at the club] What made it so great is how authentic it was. I hadn’t planned it thinking ‘I want to do this to make the fans like me’, it was very natural. My chant: ‘We came all this way, we came all this way, to see Kaka score’. Every time I hear that song, when I return to San Siro and they sing it, when I watch a video online and they’re singing it, it still gives me goosebumps because of all the emotions tied to it

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Kaka highlighted the progress made by Atletico under the stewardship of Diego Simeone] The rivalry between Real Madrid and Atletico is very big. When I was at Madrid, Atletico hadn’t won titles for a long time, they have had a huge transformation with Simeone’s arrival, but the rivalry has always been a big one. The most important thing [in La Liga] is to understand how things work, how the game is, there are a lot of differences. In some places tactics are more important, in others technique, you have to understand the club, what Atletico Madrid represent in Spain and on the world stage. We are physically similar and I also think you are very attacking, I was the same. I think you are technically more gifted than me, I was more attacking, direct - but I don’t like to compare

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Milan great Kaka has admitted that he and his colleagues feared a repeat of Istanbul during the 2007 Champions League final] It was terrible, it was terrible when they scored the goal because the memory of 2005 came back: ‘Oh no, not again’. It was a battle of wills and we felt the fear, the ‘Oh no, it’s happening again’ feeling. Fortunately, we held out and were able to celebrate at the end.

It was a sign from God, not a coincidence. Deep down we had the feeling: ‘Damn, is the same team going to beat us again in a final?’ I don’t like to call it revenge or payback, I think that’s going too far, but it was marvellous and magical