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By Chineze Ogugua

Ricardo Kaka has announced his retirement from professional football, even though he had several offers to continue playing at 35 years of age.

Ricardo Kaka

The 2007 Ballon D’Or winner who had announced his plans to retire when he left MLS side Orlando City at the end of the concluded season, made the announcement yesterday where he pointed out that he could perhaps fulfil a Director type function at either Sao Paulo or Milan.

In an interview, he said, “I came to the conclusion that now is the time to finish my career as a professional player,”

Sao Paulo sent a message of gratitude to their former player on their official page;

“He is a player who says goodbye full of conquests that will eternalise his name in world football. Thanks Kaka! Sao Paulo will always be your home and its doors will always be open for you.”

Kaka played for Sao Paulo in his native Brazil from 2001 till 2003 where he joined AC Milan. He moved to Real Madrid in 2009 in a mega money deal where he stayed until 2013.

He returned to Milan for a season then went back to Sao Paulo before moving the MLS in 2015, where he played at Orlando City, the last club of his career.

Kaka played a total of 95 games for the Brazilian national team, scoring 31 goals.

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