Former Sao Paulo, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Orlando City star Kaka has this evening confirmed that he has decided to hang up his boots.
Now 35, Kaka is widely regarded as one of the greatest attacking midfielders of the last 20 years, with his phenomenal exploits for both AC Milan and Brazil having led him to iconic status amongst fans of both.
He made the move to Milan from Sao Paulo in 2003 for a measly 8.5 million Euro, soon joining the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Gennaro Gattuso, Rui Costa and Massimo Ambrosini in one of the complete midfields in modern football history.
He spent 6 years with the Rossoneri, securing a Serie A crown, Champions League title, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in the process.
On an individual level, he was voted the best player in the Italian top-flight on two occasions, and won the Ballon D’Or in 2007, standing as the last player to do so not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
The South American joined Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2009 for around 70 million Euro, but will always be most fondly remembered for his time spent at the San Siro.
At international level, Kaka helped Brazil to a World Cup triumph in 2002, as well as Confederations Cup titles in 2005 and 2009.
The veteran made the move to the MLS with Orlando City in 2014, but announced back in October that he was ready to call time on his stint with the club.
Reports had varied regarding whether or not Kaka was ready to hang up his boots altogether, though, with some outlets claiming that the Brazilian could continue his adventure in the riches of the Chinese Super League.
But, as per an announcement on his official Twitter page this evening, Kaka has indeed closed the book on his illustrious career, bringing to an end the footballing days of a true modern-day great:
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