"Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite"

Admittedly one of my favorite players of today, the decision as to whether or not write a Kaka biography was easy to take. Despite his young age (he is currently 25) Kaka is one of the most popular footballers of today and he is often considered one of the most important players in Brazil's national team, despite having other famous teammates such as Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo or Adriano. This Ricardo Kaka biography will take you through his entire career, from his early life to his rise to stardom at AC Milan. Ricardo Kaka Biography – Early Career Most brazilian footballers come from poor families and sport is one of their only ways to get out of this state. Of course, there are exceptions and Kaka is one of them, as he was born in a relatively rich family that encouraged him to focus on both school and soccer at the same time. Playing for Sao Paulo's youth team, he was already considered one of the future stars of Brazilian soccer and at age 17 he even had the chance for a move in Europe, although not necessarily at a big club, as Turkish side Gaziantepspor made Sao Paulo an offer. Despite the Turkish team being a possible launch pad to a big European club, the deal was off as Sao Paulo requested 1.5 million dollars, a heavy price for a youngster. Full name : Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite Date of birth : April 22, 1982 Place of birth : Brasília, Brazil Height : 6.1FT - 1.86M Playing position : Attacking Midfielder Ricardo Kaka Biography – The Miracle At the age of 18, he was taken for the senior squad of Sao Paulo for the first time and even started playing in a few matches, gaining more and more confidence. However, his escalating performances were brutally stopped by a career-threatening injury, when the young Ricardo Kaka slipped at a swimming pool fracturing his back. Not only did doctors believe he would never again play soccer, but they feared the worse, as the injury could easily lead to a paralysis. Fortunately for the footballer, Kaka managed to miraculously recover and even came back on the pitch the next season! Since then, grateful to God that He saved his life, Kaka donates one tenth of his yearly salary to the Brazilian Church. But the miracle didn't stop here. Just one year after recovering from his injuries Kaka drew the eyes of Brazil's national team staff. Making his debut for Brazil, Kaka was ready for a European career. Despite playing one more season for Sao Paulo, his tremendous performances, having scored 23 goals in 58 matches for the club and also contributing to several others with his assists, earned him a visit from AC Milan's scouts. Impressed by the young Brazilian's vision, passing ability and dribbles, Silvio Berlusconi, Milan's club owner had no second thoughts when he had to sign the 8.6 million dollars deal for Kaka. Later on, Berlusconi would describe this sum as being "peanuts" when compared to the footballer's tremendous success. Season Club Games Goals 1999–2003 Sao Paulo FC 58 23 2003–Present A.C. Milan 190 59 Years National Team Games Goals 2002–Present Brazil 52 15 Ricardo Kaka Biography – AC Milan When he came to Milan, everyone thought Kaka would be the substitute of their current playmaker, Andrea Pirlo, but Carlo Ancelotti found room in the team for both of them as attacking midfielders with playmaking roles, covered by a defensive "guard dog" in Gennaro Gattuso. With this trio in the starting line-up, Milan marched on to win the Italian league in 2003-2004, with Ricardo Kaka scoring 10 goals in 30 matches. The following year, despite Milan losing the league title to rivals Juventus Torino, they managed to have a wonderful Champions League run, playing and losing the final against Liverpool FC in a tremendous match. After a series of Kaka great plays all throughout the tournament, the Brazilian was named the best midfielder in Champions League that season. After being involved in the Calciopoli scandal and threatened with relegation to the second division, AC Milan was almost at the point of losing most of their valuable players, including Ricardo Kaka. With the dust settling down and the departure of Andrey Shevcenco, Milan's most appreciated footballer, Kaka was given a more offensive role and this paid off in the 2006-2007 season, when Milan managed a superb Champions League run, with Kaka scoring 7 goals and being the competition's top scorer. Meeting Liverpool in the final of the competition, Milan managed to take their revenge on the side that miraculously beat them in the 2005 final. The game ended 2-1 for AC Milan and Ricardo Kaka's great plays were decisive at both goals, as the Brazilian dribbled his way to earn the free kick responsible for the first goal and also gave the assist for the second (both goals being scored by striker Filippo Inzaghi).


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