Brazilian great Kaka announces retirement from football

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Former Ballon d'Or victor Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35, it was reported on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.

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He is one of only eight players to win the treble of World Cup, European Cup/Champions League and Ballon d'Or. "And very aware, I came to a conclusion that it's time to end my career as a professional footballer".

Renowned for his strong mazy dribbles, his finishing and his creativity in providing goalscoring opportunities for others, Kaka played 92 times for Brazil, scoring 29 times.

The blog is a little saddened that the lovely game loses one if it's finest players of our era today, as Kaka has announced his retirement from football aged 35.

I needed a bit of time to think and make my decision with calm.

Kaka said that he would like to remain linked professionally to soccer, perhaps as a manager or sports director of a team.

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When he moved to Real Madrid in 2009, he was widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, but he never lived up to the hype in the Spanish capital.

Scooping the Serie A title in the 2003/04 season and the Italian Super Cup in the same year, Kaka would go on to taste heartbreak in the 2005 Champions League final in the iconic Istanbul clash with Liverpool.

"Now I will prepare to continue in football and have another function, but will not be more like a professional player", said the World Cup, Champions League, Serie A and LaLiga victor.

He would return to Milan for one season before moving to MLS in 2014.

"To do it like [Zinedine] Zidane is a good idea", Kaka said to Globo back in October, when discussing his plans for the future.

Kaka tweeted Sunday that "I'm now ready for the next journey".