There were plenty to choose from this weekend across the football world as a big win for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie conjured up many contenders. However, with one of the true greats of the modern era retiring, our Man of the Weekend title is a fine opportunity to pay tribute to Kaka.
The Brazilian represented his country 92 times, scoring 29 in a glittering career that span across Real Madrid, Orlando City and most famously, AC Milan. It was in Italy where he spent his peak years. From 2003 – 2009, Kaka’s dribbling and his flair, his goals and his assists, lit up Serie A and the Champions League. A beaten finalist in 2005 and then a winner in 2007, he provided fans with some great Champions League memories.
Knocking out Manchester United with one of the goals of 2007 was a highlight, as was his performance in the final. His year was so strong that he won the Ballon D’or in 2007, the last man to win in who isn’t Ronaldo or Messi. The Devout Christian provided iconic moments with his ‘I Belong to Jesus’ t-shirt under his shirt during major games, revealing them when lifting trophies like the World Cup and Champions League.
In completing the treble of World Cup, Champions League (European Cup) and the Ballon d’Or, Kaka joins an exclusive list of all-time greats. Bobby Charlton, Gerd Muller, Franz Beckenbauer, Paolo Rossi, Zinedine Zidane, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho are the only others to achieve such a feat meaning that Kaka, now retired, has joined a list of football’s greatest.
Happy retirement, Kaka, our man of the weekend.