Fifteen interesting facts about Ricardo Kaka, born in 22 April 1982. He is commonly known as Kaká (with no specific translation in Portuguese language) or Ricardo Kaká. He is a Brazilian professional footballer who played at club level and international level.
At club level he started playing football from Sao Paulo. Later, he was picked up by famous Italian football club Milan for a fee of €8.5 million. He had a great time there and won number of awards including a Serie A title, the UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or awards. After his success with Milan, Kaka was offered the second highest transfer fee (in Euros) ever by another outstanding football club Real Madrid. The club offered the transfer fee of €65 million. At present there is only one player, ZinedineZidane ahead of him with €75 million. In the season of 2013 he returned to his club Milan and scored his 100th goal for his club. He later joined MLS expansion club Orlando City at the end of 2013 season. His career for the club is so outstanding and marvelous that he was later included in the roaster for the 2015 MLS All star Game and was proudly proclaimed to be the Most Valuable Player.
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At international level, Kaká made his debut for the Brazil national team in 2002, and was selected for their victorious World Cup team for that year and also for 2006 and 2010 tournaments. Kaka in addition remained a vital part of Brazil’s 2005 and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup-winning teams, getting the Golden Ball Award in the 2009 to his name, as the tournament’s best player.
In addition to having great playing abilities he has a great love for humanitarian work. In 2004, when he was chosen as the youngest ambassador of the UN World Food Programme.
He is considered to be one of the greatest players of the game. So much so that Kaka was illustrated on the FIFA website with golden words explaining his great gaming skills, great tackling tactics against opponent players, confusing and dividing opponent’s defense ability and above all tendency of scoring consistently from distance with great accuracy. Though he suffered number of injuries during his career that adversely effected him physically but still he had a quick, strong, agile, highly skilful and creative style of playing with excellent balance, capable of dribbling past defenders and placing a certain goal. Kaka is also famous for his unique passing ability, creating opportunities for his teammates to score a goal. Kaka with his versatile playing capability has a tendency of playing at multiple posts like performing as a winger on either sides, as a striker and at times as a offensive forward but throughout his career, predominantly, he played as an attacking midfielder. Kaka is considered to be one of the best and powerful shooters of the football with outstanding accuracy from both inside and outside the penalty area. He is also an accurate penalty taker. So much so, other players of his generation either his opponent team players or his own teammates praise him a lot.
KAKA Interesting Facts
In this post, we will be sharing a complete list of his some cool and interesting facts relevant to his career and personal life.
- Kaka is a tennis player too
A very surprising fact about him is that, he is a tennis player too. Earlier in his career when he started playing football at a very young age he used to play tennis too. The great thing is that he was fairly good in this game as well. it was not until he moved on to São Paulo FC and signed his first professional contract with the club at the age of 15 that he chose to focus on football.
- Discovering Kaka
While he was at school he participated in a local youth club called “Alhaville”. The club got qualified to the final of the local tournament. He was spotted by Sao Paulo FC, a hometown football club who offered him a place in the youth academy. He was only seven at that time.
- Unfortunate accident and miraculous recovery
At the age of 18, he suffered a swimming pool accident. In this unfortunate incident, he suffered a spinal fracture. The injury turned out to be a big threat to his career with possibility of paralysis. But remarkably he made a miraculous recovery and since then he never stopped. After this incident he attributes his recovery to God and donates his income to his church regularly.
- Two goals in two minutes from Sao Paulo Club
Kaka, as narrated earlier, started his career with a local football club Sao Paulo when he was eight years old. He signed an official contract at 15. He made his senior side debut in 2001 and scored 12 goals in 27 appearances. While leading São Paulo to its first and only Torneio Rio-São Paulo championship, he scored two goals in two minutes in the final, which São Paulo won 2–1 giving a spectacular moment for the fans of the club. In 22 matches of the following season he scored 10 goals attracting attention from different European clubs. Kaka scored 23 times in 58 appearances for Sao Paulo.
- 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Award
A very inspiring fact about him is that on December 17th Kaka was voted to be the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Award. He received 1,047 votes from the football fans. he was ahead of other big names of the game including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They both managed to receive 504 and 426 votes respectively. He was elected to be part of the FIFA World XI for the second time in his career, also claiming the FIFPro World Player of the Year Award. Upon being named as the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Pele remarked on Kaka stating “He’s the complete player.”
- Included in the list of the World’s 100 most influential people by Times Magazine
A very amazing fact about him is that, he was named in the Time 100, a list of the World’s 100 most influential people. This is because of his great contributions on and off the football ground. Again, in 2009, he was included in the list for the second time. He also won Serie A Footballer of the Year Award. In the special section dedicated to the memory of the counrty’s top players, he cast his footprints into Estádio do Maracanã’s sidewalk of fame.
- Kaka in Real Madrid
Kaka’s time with Real Madrid was immensely marvellous. In all competitions over four season at the club he made 120 appearances, scored 29 spectacular goals and provided 32 outstanding assists. After having a memorable, time in Real Madrid he expressed his will to leave the club and said goodbye to Real Madrid and its fans in an open letter on Twitter.
- Highest Paid Player in MLS History
Kaka was picked up by Orlando City as their prime choice. He stated that he had “always” wanted to play in the United States. With a base salary of US$6.6 million per year and with a guaranteed compensation of $7.2 million per year offered by Orlando City, Kaka signed the agreement becaming the highest-paid player in MLS history.
- Marriage and sad divorce
A very sad personal fact about him is that he god divorced. Kaka married his childhood love a lovely lady Caroline Celico in 2005 at a Rebirth in Christ church in Sao Paulo. The couple have two children, a son and a daughter. After ten years of their marriage in 2015, they unfortunately announced their divorce through social media
- Brand Ambassador of Adidas
Kaka is a brand ambassador of Addidas endorsing the brand in number of advertisements and promotions. He also has a modelling contract with Armani. He can also been seen on the cover of the Italian edition of EA Sports’ FIFA video game FIFA 07, with Ronaldinho. He was also featured on the cover of some regional editions of FIFA 11, FIFA 12 and FIFA 16.
- First sportsperson to get ten million followers on Twitter
A very amazing fact about him is that, he became the first sportsperson to reach a fan following of ten million on Twitter and by 2015 he became the fifth highest social media rank person in the world among athletes. He fell behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, David Bechkam and Naymar with thirty three million facebook fans.
- Kaka a devoted Christian
At the age of 18, he suffered a swimming pool accident. In this unfortunate incident, he suffered a spinal fracture. The injury turned out to be a big threat to his career with possibility of paralysis. But remarkably he made a miraculous recovery and since then he never stopped. After this incident he attributes his recovery to God and donates his income to his church regularly. He is a regular and active member of the Sao Paulo based Rebirth in Christ Church. He and several of his teammates wore T-shirts that read “Jesus Loves You” in various languages. In goal celebrations, he usually points to the sky as a gesture of thanks to God. Kaká’s favourite music genre is gospel, and his favourite book is the Bible.
- Good will ambassador for United Nations
A very cool fact about him is that, from November 2004, he has been serving as an Ambassador against Hunger in United Nations World Food Program. He was the youngest ambassador to do so at the time of his appointment.
- Childhood fact
After discussing some cool facts about him relevant to his career, let’s share some of the cool childhood’s fact about Kaka. His father was a Civil Engineer while his mother was a school teacher. He comes from a financially sound background that allowed him to focus his football passion.
- Nicknamed KAKA
In the football world, he is popularly known as Kaka. He got this nickname because his brother used to call him “Caca” due to his inability to pronounce “Ricardo” when they were young. It eventually evolved into Kaka. Here it is important to mention that the nickname Kaka has no specific translation in Portuguese language.
- Honours and titles
Kaka has a long list of honours and titles for his name. Let us share some of the cool and interesting honours, titles and awards.
In his club career for Sao Paulo he won Torneio Rio-São Paulo (2001). For Milan he won Serie A (2003–04), Supercoppa Italiana (2004), UEFA Champions League (2006–07), UEFA Super Cup (2007), FIFA Club World Cup (2007). For Real Madrid he won La Liga (2011–12), Copa del Rey (2010–11), Supercopa de España (2012).
For his country Brazil he won FIFA World Cup (2002), FIFA Confederations Cup (2005, 2009), Superclásico de las Américas (2014).
On Individual level his achievements include Revista Placar Bola de Ouro 2002,Campeonato Brasileiro Bola de Prata (best player by position 2002), CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI (2003), Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year (2004, 2006, 2007), Serie A Footballer of the Year (2004, 2007), UEFA Champions League Top Assist Provider (2004–05, 2011–12), UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year (2004–05), UEFA Champions League Bronze Top Scorer (2005–06), UEFA Team of the Year (2006, 2007, 2009), UEFA Champions League Top Scorer (2006–07), UEFA Club Forward of the Year (2006–07), UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (2006–07), FIFPro World Player of the Year 2007, Ballon d’Or 2007, FIFA World Player of the Year 2007, World Soccer Player of the Year 2007, IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker 2007, IAAF Latin Sportsman of the Year 2007, Onze d’Or 2007, FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball 2007, FIFA Club World Cup Most Valuable Player of the Final 2007, Time 100 (2008, 2009), Maracanã Hall of Fame (2008), Samba d’Or (2008), Marca Leyenda (2009), FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball (2009), FIFA Confederations Cup Best XI (2009), FIFA World Cup Top Assist Provider (2010), A.C. Milan Hall of Fame (2010), MLS All-Star (2015, 2016), MLS All-Star MVP 2015, UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (substitute) 2015.