Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Kaka eyes future in the boardroom after resisting Milan swansong

Kaka eyes future in the boardroom after resisting Milan swansong

"In a very conscious manner, I came to the conclusion that the time has come to end my career as a professional player".

Former Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has retired from football at the age of 35.

It was much more than I could ever imagined.

During a storied career, the hugely talented attacking midfielder also starred at Real Madrid and finished his playing days at U.S. club Orlando City in Major League Soccer. Thank you and now I'm ready for the next journey.

The former FIFA World Cup victor with Brazil stated that: "My cycle as a professional player ends here".

Kaka will however not leave the world of football as a whole stating that: "Now, I will prepare to continue in the world of football, but in another role. In Jesus' name. Amen".

"I would like to participate in the club in another way, as a manager, a sporting director, as someone who is between the pitch and the club", he said in a farewell interview with Globo TV in Brazil.

Having lifted the World Cup with his country, he won the Champions League with Milan in 2007 and the Ballon d'Or, awarded to the world's best player, in the same year. Two years later, he moved to Real Madrid and despite the fact his time with the Spanish giants wasn't as successful due to injury setbacks, he was able to win several trophies such as La Liga title in 2011-2012 and the Copa del Rey a year prior.

After returning to Milan in 2013 for one season, his move to Orlando City made him into the highest-paid player in MLS history, with a base salary of $6.6 million per year. Also, the board told he would be welcomed in the club in the different role.

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