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Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaɾdu iˈzɛksõw duˈsɐ̃tus ˈlejt͡ʃi]; born 22 April 1982), commonly known as Kaká (Portuguese: [kaˈka] ( listen)) or Ricardo Kaká,[3][4][5][6] is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Kaká
Kaká
made his professional club debut at age 18 at São Paulo FC
São Paulo FC
in Brazil
Brazil
in 2001. After being named to the Bola de Ouro as the best player in the 2002 Campeonato Brasileiro, in 2003 he joined Italian club A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
for a fee of €8.5 million. At Milan, the club where he spent his prime years, Kaká
Kaká
won a Serie A
Serie A
title and was named the Serie A
Serie A
Footballer of the Year twice. In 2005, Milan finished runners up in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final
2005 UEFA Champions League Final
to Liverpool F.C., with Kaká, the top assist provider of the tournament, named the UEFA Club Midfielder
Midfielder
of the Year. Two years later he led Milan to win the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final
2007 UEFA Champions League Final
and was the tournament's top goal scorer. Kaká's pace, creative passing, goal scoring and dribbles from midfield saw him win the FIFA
FIFA
World Player of the Year, the Ballon d'Or, the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker
IFFHS World's Best Playmaker
awards. After his success with Milan, Kaká
Kaká
joined Real Madrid for a transfer fee of €67 million.[7] At the time, this was the second highest transfer fee (in euros) ever, behind only the €77.5 million (150 billion lire) fee for Zinedine Zidane. However, in the same transfer window Real Madrid broke the world record by signing Cristiano Ronaldo. After four injury ravaged seasons in Spain, which saw his physical ability to dribble from midfield rapidly decline, he returned to Milan for a season in 2013, scoring his 100th goal for the club. At the end of the 2013–14 season, he joined MLS expansion club Orlando City, but initially returned to his former Brazilian club São Paulo FC on loan. In 2015, he scored on his MLS debut for Orlando City; he was later included in the roster for the 2015 MLS All-Star Game, where he was named Most Valuable Player. Kaká
Kaká
made his debut for the Brazil
Brazil
national team in 2002, and was selected for their victorious World Cup squad that year, as well as the 2006 and 2010 tournaments, leading the tournament in assists in the latter. He was also a member of Brazil's 2005 and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup-winning squads, winning the Golden Ball Award in the 2009 edition, as the tournament's best player. With success at club and international level, Kaká
Kaká
is one of eight players to have won the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, the UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
and the Ballon d'Or.[8] Owing to his performances at A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
where he was an elite playmaker, Kaká
Kaká
is widely considered one of the best players of his generation.[9][10][11][12] In addition to his individual awards he was named in both the FIFPro World XI
FIFPro World XI
and the UEFA Team of the Year
UEFA Team of the Year
three times. In 2010, he was named in the A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
Hall of Fame.[13] One of the world's most famous athletes, Kaká
Kaká
was the first sportsperson to amass 10 million followers on Twitter.[14][15] Off the field Kaká is known for his humanitarian work. In 2004 he became the youngest ambassador of the UN World Food Programme.[16] For his contributions on and off the pitch, Kaká
Kaká
was named in the Time 100
Time 100
list of the world's most influential people in 2008 and 2009.[17]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Club career

2.1 São Paulo 2.2 Milan 2.3 Real Madrid 2.4 Return to Milan 2.5 Orlando City

2.5.1 São Paulo
São Paulo
(loan) 2.5.2 Return to Orlando City

2.6 Retirement

3 International career 4 Style of play 5 Personal life 6 Career statistics

6.1 Club 6.2 International

6.2.1 International statistics 6.2.2 International goals

7 Honours

7.1 Club 7.2 International 7.3 Individual

8 References 9 External links

Early life Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite was born in Gama, Brazil, to Bosco Izecson Pereira Leite (a civil engineer) and Simone dos Santos (an elementary school teacher).[18] He had a financially secure upbringing that allowed him to focus on both school and football at the same time.[19] His younger brother Rodrigo (best known as Digão) and cousin Eduardo Delani
Eduardo Delani
are also professional footballers. Digão called him "Caca" due to his inability to pronounce "Ricardo" when they were young; it eventually evolved into Kaká.[20] The word has no specific Portuguese translation.[21] When he was seven, Kaká's family moved to São Paulo.[22] His school had arranged him in a local youth club called "Alphaville," who qualified to the final in a local tournament.[23] There he was discovered by hometown club São Paulo
São Paulo
FC, who offered him a place in the youth academy.[24] At the age of 18, Kaká
Kaká
suffered a career-threatening and possibly paralysis-inducing spinal fracture as a result of a swimming pool accident,[25][26] but made a full recovery. He attributes his recovery to God and has since tithed his income to his church.[26] Club career São Paulo Kaká
Kaká
began his career with São Paulo
São Paulo
at the age of eight. He signed a contract at 15 and led the São Paulo
São Paulo
youth squad to Copa de Juvenil glory. He made his senior side debut on 1 February 2001 and scored 12 goals in 27 appearances, in addition to leading São Paulo
São Paulo
to its first and only Torneio Rio- São Paulo
São Paulo
championship, in which he scored two goals in two minutes as a substitute against Botafogo in the final, which São Paulo
São Paulo
won 2–1.[27] He scored ten goals in 22 matches the following season, and by this time his performance was soon attracting attention from European clubs.[28] Kaká
Kaká
made a total of 58 appearances for São Paulo, scoring 23 times.[29] Milan

Kaká
Kaká
playing in Moscow with A.C. Milan

The steady European interest in Kaká
Kaká
culminated in his signing with the European champions, Italian club A.C. Milan, in 2003 for a fee of reported €8.5 million, described in retrospect as "peanuts" by club owner Silvio Berlusconi.[30] Within a month, he cracked the starting lineup, replacing Rui Costa
Rui Costa
in the attacking midfield playmaking position, behind strikers Jon Dahl Tomasson, Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko. His Serie A
Serie A
debut was in a 2–0 win over Ancona. He scored ten goals in 30 appearances that season, also providing several important assists, such as the cross which led to Shevchenko's title-deciding headed goal, as Milan won the Scudetto
Scudetto
and the UEFA Super Cup, whilst finishing as runner up in the Intercontinental Cup and the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana.[31] Milan also reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, losing out to eventual winners Lazio, and were knocked out of the quarter-finals of the Champions League by Deportivo de La Coruña. Due to his performances in his debut season, in 2004, Kaká
Kaká
was named Serie A
Serie A
Footballer of the Year, and was nominated for both the Ballon d'Or
Ballon d'Or
(finishing in 15th place) and the FIFA World Player of the Year
FIFA World Player of the Year
Awards (finishing in ninth place). Kaká
Kaká
was a part of the five-man midfield in the 2004–05 season, usually playing in a withdrawn role behind striker Andriy Shevchenko. He was supported by Gennaro Gattuso
Gennaro Gattuso
and Clarence Seedorf
Clarence Seedorf
defensively, as well as Massimo Ambrosini, allowing Kaká
Kaká
as the attacking midfielder and Rui Costa
Rui Costa
or Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
as the deep-lying playmaker to be in charge of creating Milan's goalscoring chances, forming a formidable midfield unit in both Italy and Europe. Milan began the season by winning the Supercoppa Italiana
Supercoppa Italiana
against Lazio. He scored seven goals in 36 domestic appearances as Milan finished runner-up in the Scudetto
Scudetto
race. Milan also reached the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia that season. Kaká
Kaká
played a pivotal role in Milan's Champions League campaign that season, helping them to reach the final against Liverpool, scoring two goals and providing five assists. Dubbed the "Miracle of Istanbul," Milan led 3–0 at half time, before Liverpool staged a comeback, scoring three goals in six minutes, and eventually won the match 3–2 on penalties.[32] A match widely regarded as one of the greatest finals in the competition's history, Kaká
Kaká
was imperious in the first half; he first won the early free-kick which led to Paolo Maldini's opening goal, later beginning the play that led to Hernán Crespo's first goal and Milan's second of the night, before executing a long curling pass that split open the Liverpool defence and rolled perfectly into the path of Crespo to score Milan's third.[32][33][34] Kaká
Kaká
was once again nominated for the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year
FIFA World Player of the Year
Awards, finishing ninth and eighth respectively, and he was named the 2005 UEFA Club Football Best Midfielder.

Kaká
Kaká
presenting a Milan jersey to then-Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in 2007

The 2005–06 season saw Kaká
Kaká
score his first hat-tricks in domestic competitions. On 9 April 2006, he scored his first Rossoneri hat-trick against Chievo, with all three goals scored in the second half.[35] Milan were knocked out in the semi-finals of the 2005–06 Champions League to eventual champions Barcelona, and were once again eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia. Milan also finished once again as runners-up in Serie A, with Kaká
Kaká
scoring 17 goals in the league. After the 2006 Calciopoli scandal, however, Milan were deducted 30 points, which placed them in third in the table. Kaká
Kaká
was nominated for the Ballon d'Or
Ballon d'Or
and the FIFA
FIFA
World Player of the Year Awards for the third consecutive year, finishing 11th and seventh respectively. He was also selected to be part of both the UEFA Team of the Year[36] and the FIFPro World XI
FIFPro World XI
for the first time in his career.[37] Andriy Shevchenko's departure to Chelsea for the 2006–07 season allowed Kaká
Kaká
to become the focal point of Milan's offense as he alternated between the midfield and forward positions, operating at times as a striker or as a second striker behind Filippo Inzaghi, as well as in his more typical attacking midfield position. On 2 November 2006, he scored his first Champions League hat-trick in a 4–1 group stage win over the Belgian side Anderlecht.[38] He finished as the top scorer in the 2006–07 Champions League campaign with ten goals.[39] One of the goals helped the Rossoneri eliminate Celtic in the round of 16, 1–0 on aggregate,[40] and he scored three goals against Manchester United in the semi-finals.[41][42] Milan also reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia that season, losing out to winners Roma, and finished fourth in Serie A.

Kaká
Kaká
celebrating the 2007 UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
triumph with his Milan teammates. A number of individual accolades followed for Kaká

Kaká
Kaká
won the Champions League title when Milan defeated Liverpool 2–1 on 23 May 2007, avenging the previous loss on penalties two years before. Though he went scoreless, he won a free kick that led to the first of Filippo Inzaghi's two goals, and provided the assist for the second.[43] For his stellar play throughout the competition, he was voted the Vodafone
Vodafone
Fans' Player of the Season in a poll of over 100,000 UEFA.com visitors. On 30 August, Kaká
Kaká
was named by UEFA as both the top forward of the 2006–07 Champions League season and UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, as well as being named as part of the UEFA Team of the Year
UEFA Team of the Year
for the second time.[44][45] He once again finished as the second-best assist-provider of the Champions League, providing five, and was voted the 2007 IFFHS
IFFHS
World's Best Playmaker.[46]

Kaká
Kaká
in action with Milan against Torino on 19 April 2009

Milan began its 2007–08 season by winning the UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Super Cup
on 31 August, defeating Sevilla 3–1, with Kaká
Kaká
scoring the third goal.[47] Kaká
Kaká
had made a dribbling run into Sevilla's area, winning a penalty, which he then proceeded to take. Although it was saved by goalkeeper Andrés Palop, Kaká
Kaká
scored on the rebound with a header. Kaká
Kaká
had previously hit the post in the first half.[48] He played his 200th career match with Milan in a 1–1 home draw with Catania on 30 September, scoring from a penalty,[49] and on 5 October, he was named the 2006–07 FIFPro
FIFPro
World Player of the Year, and was elected as part of the FIFPro World XI
FIFPro World XI
for the second time in his career.[50][51] On 2 December 2007, Kaká
Kaká
became the eighth Milan player to win the Ballon d'Or, as he finished with a decisive 444 votes, well ahead of runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo.[52][53] He signed a contract extension through 2013 with Milan on 29 February 2008.[54] On 16 December, Kaká
Kaká
won the FIFA
FIFA
Club World Cup against Boca Juniors, scoring Milan's third goal of the match in a 4–2 victory which allowed them to be crowned World Champions. Kaká
Kaká
had previously assisted Filippo Inzaghi's opening goal of the match and also assisted Inzaghi's final goal of the match after an impressive exchange with Clarence Seedorf; he was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the competition.[55] On 17 December, Kaká
Kaká
was voted the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year with 1,047 votes, ahead of Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
with 504 and Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
with 426.[56][57]

"He's the complete player."

Pelé
Pelé
on Kaká
Kaká
after he was named the 2007 FIFA
FIFA
World Player of the Year.[58]

In January 2008, Kaká
Kaká
was also named the 2007 Serie A
Serie A
Footballer of the Year, winning the award for the second time in his career. Due to his contributions on and off the pitch, Time magazine
Time magazine
named Kaká
Kaká
in the Time 100, a list of the world's 100 most influential people, on 2 May.[59] On 14 October, he cast his footprints into the Estádio do Maracanã's sidewalk of fame, in a section dedicated to the memory of the country's top players.[60] He won the Time 100
Time 100
honour again in 2009.[61] Kaká
Kaká
finished the 2007–08 season with 15 goals in Serie A and was nominated as a finalist for the FIFA
FIFA
World Player of the Year, finishing in fourth place, and was nominated for the Ballon d'Or, finishing in eighth place. He was named in the six-man shortlist for the 2008 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, and was selected in the FIFPro World XI
FIFPro World XI
for the third time in his career.[62]

"I remember how badly we took it as a team when Kaká
Kaká
left Milan. For two or three years he was the best player in the world. There was a point when teams just had no idea how to stop him."

— Milan teammate and Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
on Kaká
Kaká
leaving the club.[63]

BBC
BBC
reported on 13 January 2009 that Manchester City made a bid for Kaká
Kaká
for over £100 million. Milan Director Umberto Gandini replied that Milan would only discuss the matter if Kaká
Kaká
and Manchester City agreed to personal terms.[64] Kaká
Kaká
initially responded by telling reporters he wanted to "grow old" at Milan and dreamed of captaining the club one day, but later said, "If Milan want to sell me, I'll sit down and talk. I can say that as long as the club don't want to sell me, I'll definitely stay."[65] On 19 January, Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi
announced that Manchester City had officially ended their bid after a discussion between the clubs, and that Kaká
Kaká
would remain with Milan.[66] Milan supporters had protested outside the club headquarters earlier that evening, and later chanted outside Kaká's home, where he saluted them by flashing his jersey outside a window.[67] Kaká
Kaká
finished his final season with Milan by scoring 16 goals, helping Milan finish third in Serie A, and once again being elected as a finalist for the FIFA World Player of the Year
FIFA World Player of the Year
Award, finishing fourth in voting for the second-straight year. He was also nominated for the Ballon D'Or award, finishing in sixth place, and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year
UEFA Team of the Year
for the third time in his career.[68] Real Madrid

Kaká
Kaká
during his presentation with Real Madrid in June 2009

On 3 June 2009, It was reported that newly elected Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez
Florentino Pérez
had offered to buy Kaká
Kaká
from Milan for a reported €67 million,[69][70] two days after the player had left for international duty with Brazil.[71] Milan vice-chairman and CEO Adriano Galliani
Adriano Galliani
confirmed that he and Kaká's father, Bosco Leite, had traveled to Mexico to meet with La Volpe: "We had lunch and spoke about Kaká. I don't deny it. Negotiations exist, but a deal has yet to be done."[72] On 4 June, Galliani told Gazzetta dello Sport that financial reasons were his motive for the talks with La Volpe: "We cannot allow [Milan] to lose €70 million ... The reasons behind Kaká's departure would be economic."[72][73] On 8 June, Milan and Real Madrid confirmed Kaká’s move to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on a six-year deal[74][75] for €67 million fee.[7] Kaká
Kaká
was unveiled as a Real Madrid player on 30 June 2009, and he made his unofficial debut on 7 August 2009 in a 5–1 friendly victory against Toronto FC.[76] He scored his first goal for Madrid during a pre-season match on 19 August 2009, in a 5–0 victory against Borussia Dortmund.[77] Kaká
Kaká
later made his league debut on 29 August 2009 in a 3–2 win against Deportivo de La Coruña.[78] He scored his first goal, a penalty, on 23 September in a 2–0 win against Villarreal.[79] Real Madrid finished the season as runners-up in La Liga, with Kaká
Kaká
scoring eight goals and providing six assists in La Liga, and nine goals and eight assists in all competitions.

Kaká
Kaká
celebrating a goal with Real Madrid in a 4–1 home victory over Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad
on 6 February 2011

On 5 August 2010, Real Madrid announced that Kaká
Kaká
had undergone a successful surgery on a long-standing left knee injury and would face up to four months on the sidelines.[80] Kaká
Kaká
returned to training after a long lay-off, with manager José Mourinho
José Mourinho
commenting that having Kaká
Kaká
back from injury was like a new signing.[81][82] After an eight-month absence, Kaká
Kaká
returned to play by entering as a substitute for Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
on the 77th minute of a 3–2 victory over Getafe on 3 January 2011. He said he was "(...) happy for playing a game again and for stepping onto a pitch."[83] His first league goal (and his first of the season) after his return from injury came with an assist from Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
on a 4–2 victory over Villarreal on 9 January 2011.[84] In March 2011, Kaká
Kaká
suffered from Iliotibial band syndrome, which kept him sidelined for a few weeks. After returning from injury, he appeared in a convincing win over Valencia, scoring two goals. At the end of his second season with the club, Real Madrid and Kaká
Kaká
had won the Copa del Rey, although they finished as runners-up in both La Liga and in the Supercopa de España
Supercopa de España
to rivals Barcelona. Real Madrid were also knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the semi-finals of the competition. Kaká
Kaká
finished his season with seven goals and six assists in all competitions in 20 appearances.

Kaká
Kaká
in action against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League

On 27 September 2011, Kaká
Kaká
experienced one of his best matches as a Real Madrid player during a 3–0 victory over Ajax in the Champions League, as he scored one goal, provided one assist and participated in one of the best team build-ups of the matchday: a counterattacking move involving Mesut Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
and Karim Benzema.[85] Kaká
Kaká
was later chosen the best player of the Champions League Matchday.[86] With this match, Kaká
Kaká
experienced one of the best starts to a season he has ever had, scoring two goals, serving two assists and winning one penalty for his team.[87] In 2011–12, Real Madrid won La Liga
La Liga
with a record 100 points that year, with Kaká providing nine assists and scoring five goals in the competition. They were, however, eliminated for the second year in a row in the semi-finals of the Champions League, losing out to eventual runners-up Bayern Munich on penalties. The decisive misses for Real Madrid were by Ronaldo, Kaká
Kaká
and Sergio Ramos. Kaká
Kaká
was one of the top assist providers of the Champions League that season, providing five assists. He finished the season with eight goals and 14 assists in all club competitions. Real Madrid were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey
Copa del Rey
by eventual winners Barcelona.

Kaká
Kaká
takes a corner kick for Madrid in a La Liga
La Liga
game against Sevilla in February 2013

Real Madrid began the 2012–13 season by winning the 2012 Supercopa de España against rivals Barça. On 4 December 2012, after scoring in a 4–1 win against Ajax, Kaká
Kaká
became the top Brazilian goalscorer in Champions League history, with 28 goals.[88] After the match, Kaká said, "This was an important goal for me, and I hope I've still got goals left to help Real Madrid. It was an important win and a special night."[89] Kaká
Kaká
came on just before an hour was played, but was sent off as he was controversially booked twice within 18 minutes in a 0–0 draw against Osasuna on 12 January 2013.[90] It was his first sending-off at Madrid since he joined from Milan in 2009 and his first red card since he was dismissed playing for Brazil
Brazil
against the Côte d'Ivoire at the 2010 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup.[91] Real Madrid finished the season in second place in La Liga
La Liga
behind Barcelona, and also finished runners-up in the Copa del Rey
Copa del Rey
to city rivals Atlético Madrid. They were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the third consecutive year by eventual runners-up Borussia Dortmund. On 29 August 2013, Kaká
Kaká
expressed his desire to leave Real Madrid,[92] having scored 29 goals and provided 32 assists in 120 appearances in all competitions over four seasons at the club.[93][94] He said goodbye to Real Madrid and its fans in an open letter on Twitter.[95] Return to Milan Milan confirmed that Kaká
Kaká
would join the club on 2 September 2013 from Real Madrid on a free transfer with only performance-related incentives owed to Madrid; after agreeing to personal terms, he signed a two-year contract.[96][97][98] Kaká's contract was worth €4 million net per year and he was given the number 22 shirt, the same number he wore for Milan during his first spell.[99][100] He was also made the vice-captain upon his arrival.[101] He captained Milan in his debut for second spell, taking the armband from goalkeeper Marco Amelia in a match against Chiasso.[102] Kaká
Kaká
tore his left adductor muscle during his first competitive appearance, deciding not to accept any wages from Milan whilst he regained fitness.[103] He made his return for Milan on 19 October after coming on as a 76th-minute substitute in a 1–0 home victory against Udinese. In his next match, on 22 October, Kaká
Kaká
assisted Robinho
Robinho
in the 1–1 home draw against Barcelona in the Champions League. His first goal, described by ESPN
ESPN
as "a sensational curling shot from the edge of the area into the top right-hand corner," opened the scoring in a 1–1 home draw at San Siro
San Siro
to Lazio on 30 October.[104] On 7 January 2014, Kaká
Kaká
scored his 100th goal for Milan by an opening goal in a match against Atalanta; he later went on to score another goal 30 minutes later.[105] On 11 March he scored a goal against Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid
in Vicente Calderón Stadium, this goal made him the last player to score against Atlético Madrid
Atlético Madrid
at Vicente Calderón for three seasons in knockout phase until Isco
Isco
scored against them in 2016–17 UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
semi final.[106] On 29 March 2014, Kaká
Kaká
scored twice in a 3–0 win against Chievo, his 300th match for Milan.[107][108][109][110] In June 2014, it was reported that Kaká
Kaká
had entered into advanced discussions with Orlando City to join the team in January 2015 when they enter Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer
(MLS).[111][112] On 30 June 2014, Kaká had his Milan contract terminated through mutual consent despite having a year remaining, by activating a release clause as a result of the team not qualifying for European competitions.[113] Orlando City

Kaká
Kaká
with Kevin Molino
Kevin Molino
in 2015.

Kaka joined future MLS franchise Orlando City as their first Designated Player.[114] He stated that he had "always" wanted to play in the United States, and cited the Brazilian owner Flávio Augusto da Silva as a reason for signing. Until Orlando entered the league in 2015, Kaká
Kaká
was loaned to his first club São Paulo, which he called "really satisfying."[115][116] By signing for Orlando City, Kaká
Kaká
became the highest-paid player in MLS history, with a base salary of US$6.6 million per year, and with a guaranteed compensation of $7.2 million per year.[117][118][119][120] São Paulo
São Paulo
(loan) On 3 July 2014, Kaká
Kaká
arrived at São Paulo
São Paulo
and began training the next day.[121] He made his comeback in a league match against Goiás on 27 July 2014, starting and scoring a goal in the 76th minute, although his team lost 2–1.[122] On 4 September 2014, in the second round of the Copa Sudamericana, Kaká
Kaká
scored in a 2–0 victory over Criciúma.[123] On 9 November 2014, Kaká
Kaká
scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Vitória.[124] Return to Orlando City Kaká
Kaká
scored in his first match for Orlando City, a 4–0 friendly win over FC Dallas.[125] Kaká
Kaká
then scored again in a 1–1 friendly draw against New York City FC.[126] On 8 March 2015, Kaká
Kaká
scored a free kick for the equaliser in a 1–1 draw on his MLS debut against New York City FC at the Citrus Bowl, the first in Orlando City's competitive history.[127][128][129] Kaká
Kaká
scored one and assisted another in a 2–2 draw with Montreal Impact
Montreal Impact
on 28 March 2015.[130][131] Kaká
Kaká
came second in the Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month poll for his performances in March.[132] On 13 April 2015, Kaká
Kaká
scored a penalty against Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers
in a 2–0 win.[133][134] On 17 May 2015, Kaká
Kaká
scored one and assisted another in Orlando City's 4–0 win over defending MLS champions LA Galaxy. By doing so, Orlando became the first expansion team to beat a defending MLS champion by more than a three-goal margin.[135][136][137][138] On 30 June, Kaká
Kaká
scored Orlando's opening goal in the 21st minute of his Open Cup debut, helping his team to a 2–0 home win over Columbus Crew, in the fifth round of the competition, which enabled the club to advance to the quarter-finals.[139] On 5 July, he received the first straight red card of his career in a 1–1 away draw against Real Salt Lake; he had previously scored a goal during the match.[140] Later that month, Kaká
Kaká
was named to the 2015 MLS All-Star Game
2015 MLS All-Star Game
as the team's captain.[141] During the MLS All-Star Game on 29 July, at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, he scored from a penalty and later assisted David Villa
David Villa
as the MLS All-Stars defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2–1; Kaká
Kaká
was named MVP of the match.[142] Despite his efforts, he was unable to help Orlando City become the first expansion team to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs since the Seattle Sounders in 2009, as Orlando narrowly missed out on the sixth seed spot in the Eastern Conference;[143] he ended his first season with 9 goals and 7 assists in 28 MLS appearances, also scoring another goal from two appearances in the 2015 MLS Open Cup.[144]

Kaká
Kaká
with MLS All-Star team in 2016

After initially being sidelined through injury and missing Orlando City's first three matches of the 2016 MLS season, Kaká
Kaká
returned to the team's starting line-up and made his first appearance of the season on 3 April, against the Portland Timbers; he assisted two goals and later scored one himself in a 4–1 home victory,[145] and was subsequently named to the MLS team of the week for his performance.[146] In July 2016, he was included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game.[147] He finished his second MLS season with the club with 9 goals and 10 assists in 24 appearances,[144] as Orlando once again failed to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs.[148] On 5 March 2017, in Orlando City's opening match of the MLS season against New York City, and the club's stadium debut, Kaká
Kaká
hit the turf clutching his left leg just minutes after the game had started; the Lions beat their opponents 1–0. Later, it was reported that Kaká
Kaká
would be out for 6 weeks due to a hamstring strain.[149] Kaka came back in action and he scored on his return in Orlando City 2–0 win over Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rapids
on 29 April.[150] The next week, he scored another goal in Orlando's 2–1 loss against Toronto FC.[151] He scored his third goal of the season in a 2–2 draw against Sporting KC on 13 May 2017.[152] On 14 June, he played in the 3–1 loss in U.S. Open Cup match against Miami FC
Miami FC
which was coached by his former teammate Alessandro Nesta.[153] On 17 June he assisted Matías Pérez García's goal against Montreal Impact.[154] The following match, he provided another assist for Scott Sutter
Scott Sutter
last minute equalizer against Seattle Sounders.[155] On 7 July, he was chosen to play for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game for the third consecutive season.[156] He scored a long range stunner against Atlanta United on 29 July.[157] Orland City were officially eliminated from playoff contention on 7 October, following New York Red Bulls's 3–0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps.[158] Kaká
Kaká
announced on 11 October 2017 that he would not be renewing his contract with Orlando City for the 2018 MLS season.[159] He played his last official match for Orlando on 15 October in a 1–0 home defeat against Columbus Crew;[160][161] he finished the 2017 MLS season with 6 goals and 5 assists in 23 league appearances.[144] He later appeared once more for Orlando, in a 6–1 home win over the Puerto Rican national team in the Fuerza Puerto Rico friendly, held on 5 November, to raise money for Hurricane Maria relief. In total, Kaká
Kaká
made 75 league appearances in his three seasons with Orlando, scoring 24 goals and providing 22 assists.[162] Retirement Kaká
Kaká
announced his retirement on 17 December 2017, after turning down offers from former clubs São Paulo
São Paulo
and Milan. He also expressed interest in working as a director, confirming that his former club Milan had offered him a role.[163][164] International career

Kaká
Kaká
with Brazil

Kaká
Kaká
was called up for the 2001 FIFA
FIFA
World Youth Championship, but the Brazilians crashed out to Ghana in the quarter-finals. Several months later, he made his debut for the senior Brazil
Brazil
squad in a friendly match against Bolivia on 31 January 2002. He was part of Brazil's 2002 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup-winning squad in Korea/Japan, but played only 25 minutes, all of which were in the first round match against Costa Rica.[165] In 2003, Kaká
Kaká
was the captain for the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where Brazil, competing with their under-23 team, finished as runner-up to Mexico. He scored three goals during the tournament. He was included in Brazil's squad for 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
in Germany. He appeared in all five matches and scored one goal in a 4–1 win over Argentina in the final.[166]

Kaká
Kaká
training with Brazil
Brazil
prior to the start of the 2006 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

Kaká
Kaká
started in his first FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
finals in 2006 and scored his first and only goal of the tournament in Brazil's 1–0 victory over Croatia in Brazil's opener, for which he was named Man of the Match.[167] Kaká
Kaká
was unable to keep up the momentum for the remainder of the tournament, as Brazil
Brazil
was eliminated by France in the quarter-finals with French star Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry
scoring the winner.[168] In a friendly against rivals Argentina on 3 September 2006, after entering as a substitute, Kaká
Kaká
received the ball off a deflection from an Argentina corner kick and outran Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
while taking the ball down three quarters of the field to score.[169] On 12 May 2007, citing an exhaustive schedule of Serie A, Champions League and national team play, Kaká
Kaká
bowed out of the 2007 Copa América, which Brazil
Brazil
won.[170] After missing out on the Copa América, he returned to play in Brazil's friendly match against Algeria on 22 August 2007. Kaká
Kaká
participated in the 2009 FIFA
FIFA
Confederations Cup, wearing the number 10 shirt, marking his first international tournament since the 2006 World Cup. His only two goals came in Brazil's group stage opener against Egypt on 14 June, when he scored a goal in the fifth minute and then added a 90th-minute penalty in Brazil's 4–3 victory.[171] Kaká
Kaká
also provided two assists throughout the tournament. He received the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament at the Confederations Cup and was also named the Man of the Match
Man of the Match
in the final after helping Brazil
Brazil
to a 3–2 win against the United States.[172][173][174]

Kaká
Kaká
(left) playing for Brazil
Brazil
against Chile at the 2010 World Cup.

At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, during the match against Ivory Coast on 20 June, Kaká
Kaká
received a controversial red card after receiving two yellow cards. The second card was given for an alleged elbow in the direction of Abdul Kader Keïta.[175][176][177] Kaká ended the tournament with three assists in total, as the joint-top assist provider, although he failed to score a goal during the tournament. Brazil
Brazil
eventually ended up losing 2–1 to World Cup eventual runners-up Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the tournament.[178] After more than a year absence from the national team due to a series of injuries, Kaká
Kaká
was recalled on 27 October 2011 for the friendly matches against Gabon and Egypt in November.[179] He later had to be removed from the squad due to a calf injury, and thus did not play either of the matches.[180] After not appearing for Brazil
Brazil
in two years, Kaká
Kaká
was recalled on 28 September 2012 for the friendly matches against Iraq and Japan in October.[181] Following his recall to the Seleção squad, Kaká stated, "I admit it was a surprise this call ... When the list was published, I was extremely happy. It was like my first call-up."[182] Brazil
Brazil
coach Mano Menezes
Mano Menezes
stated that despite Kaká
Kaká
and Oscar's similarities, the two would be able to play alongside each other, as Kaká
Kaká
had slightly changed his playing style.[183] On his return to the national side, Kaká
Kaká
scored in both matches, a 6–0 win over Iraq[184] and a 4–0 win over Japan.[185] Kaká
Kaká
retained his place in the squad for Brazil's 1,000th game in history, a 1–1 friendly draw against Colombia on 14 November 2012.[186] On 5 March 2013, Kaká
Kaká
was called up by new Brazil
Brazil
coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for the first time since the coach's return, for friendlies with Italy in London
London
and Russia in Geneva, both taking place late in that month.[187][188] Kaká, however, was not selected for the national team for the 2013 Confederations Cup and was also omitted in Scolari's 2014 World Cup squad.[189] After almost 18 months, Kaká
Kaká
was recalled to the Brazilian team in October 2014 by new manager Dunga for friendlies against Argentina and Japan.[190][191][192] On 1 May 2015, Kaká
Kaká
was selected as one of seven stand-by players in Brazil's preliminary squad for the 2015 Copa América,[193][194][195][196][197] although he was not called up for the final tournament.[198] In August 2015, he was called up to the national team once again for the team's international friendlies in September, and made a substitute appearance in Brazil's 1–0 victory over Costa Rica on 5 September; this was his first appearance for Brazil
Brazil
in almost a year, and his 90th appearance for his country overall.[199] Following Douglas Costa's left thigh injury in late May 2016, which ruled him out of Brazil's Copa América Centenario
Copa América Centenario
squad, Kaká
Kaká
was called up as a replacement by Dunga.[200] On 30 May, he subsequently appeared as an 80th-minute substitute in a pre-Copa América friendly warm-up match against Panama, which ended in a 2–0 victory to Brazil.[201] A muscle injury sustained in early June, however, also ruled Kaká
Kaká
out of the upcoming tournament; he was replaced by Ganso.[202] Style of play

"For two, maybe three seasons [at Milan] he was the best player in the world, there was nothing he couldn’t do."

—Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho
on Kaká.[203]

Kaká
Kaká
at Milan in 2009, a club where he spent his prime years

Regarded as one of the best players of his generation, Kaká
Kaká
has been described on the FIFA
FIFA
website as having the "capacity to glide almost effortlessly past opponents, provide defence-splitting passes and score consistently from distance."[204][205][206] During his prime at Milan in the mid to late 2000s, and prior to the injuries he suffered at Real Madrid which affected his mobility, he was a quick, agile, highly skilful and creative team player with great pace, ball control and balance, capable of dribbling past defenders in one on one situations as well as during counterattacks.[13][207][208][209][210] Regarding Kaká's speed and elegance on the ball, in 2017, Karl Matchett of Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report
stated:

"His gait, particularly when in possession, was mesmeric. Reasonably unusual in stature for a playmaking midfielder at a little over six feet tall, Kaká
Kaká
could still turn and accelerate past a defender in the same way the smaller, low-centre-of-gravity No. 10s would manage—but that same elegant, long-legged stride made him unstoppable on the run."[210]

Kaká
Kaká
was also renowned for his vision and passing ability, enabling him to create chances for teammates.[211] Having performed predominantly as a playmaking attacking midfielder throughout his career, he was known for being capable of scoring goals as well as creating and assisting them.[212] A versatile player, he was also deployed in several other attacking positions throughout his career, performing as a winger on either flank,[207][213] as a supporting forward,[214] and on occasion as an outright striker,[209][215] or even in a deeper role as a midfield playmaker.[216] In addition to these characteristics, Kaká
Kaká
also possessed a powerful and accurate shot from both inside and outside the penalty area, with either foot;[217] he was also an accurate penalty taker.[218][219] Personal life

Kaká
Kaká
with his then wife Caroline

Kaká
Kaká
married his childhood sweetheart Caroline Celico
Caroline Celico
on 23 December 2005 at a Rebirth in Christ church in São Paulo.[220] The couple have two children: son Luca Celico Leite (born 10 June 2008) and[221] daughter Isabella (born 23 April 2011).[222] In 2015, Kaká
Kaká
and Celico announced their divorce via social media.[223] Kaká
Kaká
was sworn in as an Italian citizen on 12 February 2007.[224] He features prominently in Adidas
Adidas
advertising and also has a modeling contract with Armani, the latter preventing him from appearing in a photo collection alongside his Milan teammates that was published by Dolce & Gabbana in early 2007.[225] Kaká
Kaká
appeared on the cover of the Italian edition of EA Sports' FIFA video game FIFA
FIFA
07, alongside compatriot and global coverstar Ronaldinho;[226] he was also featured on the cover of some regional editions of FIFA
FIFA
11,[227] FIFA
FIFA
12,[228] and FIFA
FIFA
16.[229]

Kaká
Kaká
(second from right) at Milan with Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho
and David Beckham to his right. The three players have a large fan base on social media.[230]

Kaká
Kaká
cites Raí, the former Brazilian national team and São Paulo
São Paulo
FC captain, as his footballing role model.[231][232] He is best friends with Marcelo Saragosa, who plays professionally for Tampa Bay Rowdies in the U.S. second-tier North American Soccer League
North American Soccer League
(NASL). They each served as the best man at the other's wedding.[233] He is also close friends with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao.[234] In April 2012, Kaká
Kaká
became the first sportsperson to amass ten million followers on Twitter,[14] and by March 2015, Kaká
Kaká
had the fifth-highest social media rank in the world among athletes, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, David Beckham
David Beckham
and Neymar, with 33 million Facebook
Facebook
fans.[230][235]

A pair of Kaká's Adidas
Adidas
boots, with a declaration of his Christian faith

Kaká
Kaká
is a devout evangelical Christian who was an active member of the São Paulo-based Rebirth in Christ Church.[236] He became engrossed in religion at the age of 12: "I learnt that it is faith that decides whether something will happen or not." He removed his jersey to reveal an "I Belong to Jesus" T-shirt and openly engaged in prayer moments after the final whistle of Brazil's 2002 World Cup, and Milan's 2004 Scudetto
Scudetto
and 2007 Champions League triumphs. He also had the same phrase, along with "God Is Faithful," stitched onto the tongues of his boots.[20] During the post-match celebration following Brazil's 4–1 win over Argentina in the 2005 Confederations Cup final, he and several of his teammates wore T-shirts that read "Jesus Loves You" in various languages. While receiving the FIFA
FIFA
World Footballer of the Year award in 2007, he said when he was young he just wanted to be a professional player for São Paulo
São Paulo
and play one game for the Brazil
Brazil
national team, but that "God gave [him] more than he ever asked for."[237] Though sharing a common goal, Kaká
Kaká
is not currently a formal member of the organization Atletas de Cristo ("Athletes of Christ").[238] In goal celebrations, he usually points to the sky as a gesture of thanks to God. Kaká's favourite music genre is gospel,[239] and his favourite book is the Bible.[240] In an interview with the Brazilian television O Globo, Kaka manifested the will to become an evangelical pastor.[241] Since November 2004, Kaká
Kaká
has served as an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations' World Food Programme, the youngest to do so at the time of his appointment.[16] In August 2015, Kaká
Kaká
announced he will attend Full Sail University
Full Sail University
in Winter Park, Florida, and major in Sports Marketing.[242] On 24 December 2016, Kaka confirmed that he is dating the Brazilian model Carolina Dias. The pair attended Lucas Moura’s wedding in Sao Paulo.[243] Career statistics Club

As of matches played on 15 October 2017.

Club Season League Cup Continental[nb 1] Other[nb 2] Total Ref.

League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals

São Paulo 2001 Brasileirão 27 12 7 1 5 0 16 4 55 17

2002 22 9 9 6 — 17 8 48 23

2003 10 2 5 0 7 5 22 7

Totals 59 23 21 7 5 0 40 17 125 47 —

Milan 2003–04 Serie A 30 10 4 0 10 4 1 0 45 14 [244]

2004–05 36 7 1 0 13 2 1 0 51 9 [244]

2005–06 35 14 2 0 12 5 — 49 19 [244]

2006–07 31 8 2 0 15 10 48 18 [244]

2007–08 30 15 0 0 8 2 3 2 41 19 [244]

2008–09 31 16 1 0 4 0 — 36 16 [244]

Totals 193 70 10 0 62 23 5 2 270 95 —

Real Madrid 2009–10 La Liga 25 8 1 0 7 1 — 33 9 [244]

2010–11 14 7 3 0 3 0 20 7 [245]

2011–12 27 5 4 0 8 3 1 0 40 8 [246]

2012–13 19 3 2 1 6 1 — 27 5 [247]

Totals 85 23 10 1 24 5 1 0 120 29 —

Milan 2013–14 Serie A 30 7 1 0 6 2 — 37 9 [248]

São Paulo 2014 Brasileirão 19 2 0 0 5 1 24 3 [244]

Orlando City 2015 MLS 28 9 2 1 — 30 10 [249][250]

2016 24 9 0 0 24 9 [249][250]

2017 23 6 1 0 24 6 [249][250]

Totals 75 24 3 1 — 78 25 —

Career totals 461 149 44 9 102 31 46 19 654 208 —

^ Includes the Copa Mercosul, Copa Sudamericana, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup ^ Includes Campeonato Paulista, Torneio Rio – São Paulo, Supercoppa Italiana, Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and FIFA
FIFA
Club World Cup

International International statistics

As of match played 29 May 2016[251]

Appearances and goals by national team and year

National team Year Apps Goals

Brazil

2002 5 1

2003 10 5

2004 8 3

2005 13 3

2006 11 5

2007 12 5

2008 3 1

2009 13 3

2010 7 1

2012 3 2

2013 2 0

2014 2 0

2015 2 0

2016 1 0

Total 92 29

International goals [252]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition

1. 000000002002-03-07-00007 March 2002 Cuiabá, Brazil  Iceland 6–1 Win Friendly

2. 000000002003-07-19-000019 July 2003 Miami, Florida, United States  Colombia 2–0 Win 2003 Gold Cup

3. 000000002003-07-19-000019 July 2003 Miami, Florida, United States  Colombia 2–0 Win 2003 Gold Cup

4. 000000002003-07-23-000023 July 2003 Miami, Florida, United States  United States 2–1 Win 2003 Gold Cup

5. 000000002003-09-07-00007 September 2003 Barranquilla, Colombia  Colombia 1–2 Win 2006 World Cup qualifier

6. 000000002003-10-11-000011 October 2003 Curitiba, Brazil  Uruguay 3–3 Draw 2006 World Cup qualifier

7. 000000002004-04-28-000028 April 2004 Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 1–4 Win Friendly

8. 000000002004-10-10-000010 October 2004 Maracaibo, Venezuela  Venezuela 2–5 Win 2006 World Cup qualifier

9. 000000002004-10-10-000010 October 2004 Maracaibo, Venezuela  Venezuela 2–5 Win 2006 World Cup qualifier

10. 000000002005-03-27-000027 March 2005 Goiânia, Brazil  Peru 1–0 Win 2006 World Cup qualifier

11. 000000002005-06-29-000029 June 2005 Frankfurt, Germany  Argentina 4–1 Win 2005 FIFA
FIFA
Confederations Cup

12. 000000002005-11-10-000010 November 2005 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 0–8 Win Friendly

13. 000000002006-06-04-00004 June 2006 Geneva, Switzerland  New Zealand 4–0 Win Friendly

14. 000000002006-06-13-000013 June 2006 Berlin, Germany  Croatia 1–0 Win 2006 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

15. 000000002006-09-03-00003 September 2006 London, England  Argentina 3–0 Win Friendly

16. 000000002006-10-10-000010 October 2006 Stockholm, Sweden  Ecuador 2–1 Win Friendly

17. 000000002006-11-15-000015 November 2006 Basel, Switzerland   Switzerland 1–2 Win Friendly

18. 000000002007-03-24-000024 March 2007 Gothenburg, Sweden  Chile 4–0 Win Friendly

19. 000000002007-09-12-000012 September 2007 Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States  Mexico 3–1 Win Friendly

20. 000000002007-10-17-000017 October 2007 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Ecuador 5–0 Win 2010 World Cup qualifier

21. 000000002007-10-17-000017 October 2007 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Ecuador 5–0 Win 2010 World Cup qualifier

22. 000000002007-11-18-000018 November 2007 Lima, Peru  Peru 1–1 Draw 2010 World Cup qualifier

23. 000000002008-10-11-000011 October 2008 San Cristóbal, Venezuela  Venezuela 4–0 Win 2010 World Cup qualifier

24. 000000002009-06-06-00006 June 2009 Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay 4–0 Win 2010 World Cup qualifier

25. 000000002009-06-15-000015 June 2009 Bloemfontein, South Africa  Egypt 4–3 Win 2009 FIFA
FIFA
Confederations Cup

26. 15 June 2009 Bloemfontein, South Africa  Egypt 4–3 Win 2009 FIFA
FIFA
Confederations Cup

27. 000000002010-06-07-00007 June 2010 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Tanzania 1–5 Win Friendly

28. 000000002012-10-11-000011 October 2012 Malmö, Sweden  Iraq 6–0 Win Friendly

29. 000000002012-10-16-000016 October 2012 Wrocław, Poland  Japan 4–0 Win Friendly

Honours Club

Milan[17]

Serie A: 2003–04 Supercoppa Italiana: 2004 UEFA Champions League: 2006–07 UEFA Super Cup: 2007 FIFA
FIFA
Club World Cup: 2007

Real Madrid[17]

La Liga: 2011–12 Copa del Rey: 2010–11

International

Brazil[17]

FIFA
FIFA
World Cup: 2002 FIFA
FIFA
Confederations Cup: 2005, 2009

Individual

Kaká
Kaká
holding the 2008 Samba d'Or

Bola de Ouro: 2002[253] Bola de Prata: 2002[254] South American Team of the Year: 2002[255] CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI: 2003[256] Serie A
Serie A
Foreign Footballer of the Year: 2004, 2006, 2007[257] Serie A
Serie A
Footballer of the Year: 2004, 2007[257] UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
top assist provider: 2004–05, 2011–12[258][259] UEFA Club Midfielder
Midfielder
of the Year: 2004–05[260] UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
Bronze Foot: 2005–06[261] UEFA Team of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2009[260] FIFPro
FIFPro
World XI: 2006, 2007, 2008[262][263][264] Pallone d'Argento: 2006–07[265] UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
top scorer: 2006–07[266] UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2006–07[260] UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2006–07[260] Ballon d'Or: 2007[52][53] FIFA
FIFA
World Player of the Year: 2007[56][57] FIFPro
FIFPro
World Player of the Year: 2007[50] World Soccer Player of the Year: 2007[267] IFFHS
IFFHS
World's Best Playmaker: 2007[268] IAAF
IAAF
Latin Sportsman of the Year: 2007[269] Onze d'Or: 2007[270] FIFA
FIFA
Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2007[271] FIFA
FIFA
Club World Cup top assist provider: 2007 Time 100: 2008, 2009[59][61] Maracanã Hall of Fame: 2008[60] Samba d'Or: 2008[272] MARCA Legend Award: 2009[273] FIFA Confederations Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
Golden Ball: 2009[271] FIFA Confederations Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
Best XI: 2009[274] FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
top assist provider: 2010[275][276][277] A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
Hall of Fame: 2010[13] MLS All-Star: 2015, 2016, 2017[278][147][279] MLS All-Star Game MVP: 2015[280] UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year: 2015 (substitute)[281]

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2002 Bola de Prata

GK: Diego DF: Mancini DF: Fábio Luciano DF: Alex DF: Athirson MF: Fábio Simplício MF: Tinga MF: Kaká MF: Ramon FW: Robinho FW: Gil

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2006 UEFA Team of the Year

GK: Gianluigi Buffon RB: Gianluca Zambrotta CB: Fabio Cannavaro CB: Carles Puyol LB: Philipp Lahm MF: Steven Gerrard MF: Kaká MF: Cesc Fàbregas MF: Ronaldinho FW: Samuel Eto'o FW: Thierry Henry Coach: Frank Rijkaard

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2007 UEFA Team of the Year

GK: Iker Casillas RB: Dani Alves CB: Alessandro Nesta CB: John Terry LB: Éric Abidal MF: Cristiano Ronaldo MF: Steven Gerrard MF: Kaká MF: Clarence Seedorf FW: Zlatan Ibrahimović FW: Didier Drogba Coach: Alex Ferguson

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2009 UEFA Team of the Year

GK: Iker Casillas RB: Dani Alves CB: John Terry CB: Carles Puyol LB: Patrice Evra MF: Cristiano Ronaldo MF: Xavi MF: Kaká MF: Andrés Iniesta FW: Lionel Messi FW: Zlatan Ibrahimović Coach: Pep Guardiola

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Bola de Ouro

1971:1 Dirceu Lopes 1973: Ancheta & Cejas 1974: Zico 1975: Waldir Peres 1976: Figueroa 1977: Toninho Cerezo 1978: Falcão 1979: Falcão 1980: Toninho Cerezo 1981: Paulo Isidoro 1982: Zico 1983: Roberto Costa 1984: Roberto Costa 1985: Marinho 1986: Careca 1987: Renato 1988: Taffarel 1989: Ricardo Rocha 1990: César Sampaio 1991: Mauro Silva 1992: Júnior 1993: César Sampaio 1994: Amoroso 1995: Giovanni 1996: Djalminha 1997: Edmundo 1998: Edílson 1999: Marcelinho Carioca 2000: Romário 2001: Alex Mineiro 2002: Kaká 2003: Alex 2004: Robinho 2005: Tevez 2006: Lucas 2007: Thiago Neves 2008: Rogério Ceni 2009: Adriano 2010: Conca 2011: Neymar 2012: Ronaldinho 2013: Everton Ribeiro 2014: Ricardo Goulart 2015: Renato Augusto 2016: Gabriel Jesus 2017: Jô

1 Placar started to give this prize to the best grade holder at Bola de Prata since 1973. In its 2013 ceremonies, a Bola de Ouro was given to Dirceu Lopes, holder of the best 1971 grade. Francisco Reyes and Elías Figueroa, holders of 1970 and 1972 ones respectively, have not been announced as these years' winners yet.

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Ballon d'Or

France Football
France Football
magazine award

Ballon d'Or
Ballon d'Or
(1956–2009)

1956: Matthews 1957: Di Stéfano 1958: Kopa 1959: Di Stéfano 1960: Suárez 1961: Sívori 1962: Masopust 1963: Yashin 1964: Law 1965: Eusébio 1966: Charlton 1967: Albert 1968: Best 1969: Rivera 1970: Müller 1971: Cruyff 1972: Beckenbauer 1973: Cruyff 1974: Cruyff 1975: Blokhin 1976: Beckenbauer 1977: Simonsen 1978: Keegan 1979: Keegan 1980: Rummenigge 1981: Rummenigge 1982: Rossi 1983: Platini 1984: Platini 1985: Platini 1986: Belanov 1987: Gullit 1988: Van Basten 1989: Van Basten 1990: Matthäus 1991: Papin 1992: Van Basten 1993: Baggio 1994: Stoichkov 1995: Weah 1996: Sammer 1997: Ronaldo 1998: Zidane 1999: Rivaldo 2000: Figo 2001: Owen 2002: Ronaldo 2003: Nedvěd 2004: Shevchenko 2005: Ronaldinho 2006: Cannavaro 2007: Kaká 2008: C. Ronaldo 2009: Messi

FIFA
FIFA
Ballon d'Or
Ballon d'Or
(2010–2015)

2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: C. Ronaldo 2014: C. Ronaldo 2015: Messi

Ballon d'Or
Ballon d'Or
(2016–present)

2016: C. Ronaldo 2017: C. Ronaldo

FIFA World Player of the Year
FIFA World Player of the Year
(1991–2009) FIFA
FIFA
Ballon d'Or
Ballon d'Or
(2010–2015) The Best FIFA
FIFA
Men's Player (2016–present)

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Serie A
Serie A
Foreign Footballer of the Year

1997: Zidane 1998: Ronaldo 1999: Batistuta 2000: Shevchenko 2001: Zidane 2002: Trézéguet 2003: Nedvěd 2004: Kaká 2005: Ibrahimović 2006: Kaká
Kaká
& Suazo 2007: Kaká 2008: Ibrahimović 2009: Ibrahimović 2010: Milito

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Serie A
Serie A
Footballer of the Year

Oscar del Calcio AIC

1997: Mancini 1998: Ronaldo 1999: Vieri 2000: Totti 2001: Zidane 2002: Trezeguet 2003: Nedvěd & Totti 2004: Kaká 2005: Gilardino 2006: Cannavaro 2007: Kaká 2008: Ibrahimović 2009: Ibrahimović 2010: Milito

Gran Galà del Calcio AIC

2011: Ibrahimović 2012: Pirlo 2013: Pirlo 2014: Pirlo 2015: Tevez 2016: Bonucci 2017: Buffon

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FIFA
FIFA
Club World Cup Golden Ball

2000: Edílson 2005: Rogério Ceni 2006: Deco 2007: Kaká 2008: Rooney 2009: Messi 2010: Eto'o 2011: Messi 2012: Cássio 2013: Ribéry 2014: Ramos 2015: Suárez 2016: Ronaldo 2017: Modrić

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FIFA
FIFA
Player of the Year

FIFA
FIFA
World Player of the Year

1991: Matthäus 1992: Van Basten 1993: Baggio 1994: Romário 1995: Weah 1996: Ronaldo 1997: Ronaldo 1998: Zidane 1999: Rivaldo 2000: Zidane 2001: Figo 2002: Ronaldo 2003: Zidane 2004: Ronaldinho 2005: Ronaldinho 2006: Cannavaro 2007: Kaká 2008: C. Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2009: Messi

FIFA
FIFA
Ballon d'Or

2010: Messi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: C. Ronaldo 2014: C. Ronaldo 2015: Messi

The Best FIFA
FIFA
Men's Player

2016: C. Ronaldo 2017: C. Ronaldo

See also: Ballon d'Or

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World Soccer Player of the Year

1982: Rossi 1983: Zico 1984: Platini 1985: Platini 1986: Maradona 1987: Gullit 1988: Van Basten 1989: Gullit 1990: Matthäus 1991: Papin 1992: Van Basten 1993: Baggio 1994: Maldini 1995: Vialli 1996: Ronaldo 1997: Ronaldo 1998: Zidane 1999: Rivaldo 2000: Figo 2001: Owen 2002: Ronaldo 2003: Nedvěd 2004: Ronaldinho 2005: Ronaldinho 2006: Cannavaro 2007: Kaká 2008: C. Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Xavi 2011: Messi 2012: Messi 2013: C. Ronaldo 2014: C. Ronaldo 2015: Messi 2016: C. Ronaldo 2017: C. Ronaldo

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FIFPro
FIFPro
Player of the Year awards

World Player of the Year

2005: Ronaldinho 2006: Ronaldinho 2007: Kaká 2008: C. Ronaldo

Young Player of the Year

2005: Rooney 2006: Messi 2007: Messi 2008: Messi

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UEFA Club Footballer of the Year

1998: Ronaldo 1999: Beckham 2000: Redondo 2001: Effenberg 2002: Zidane 2003: Buffon 2004: Deco 2005: Gerrard 2006: Ronaldinho 2007: Kaká 2008: C. Ronaldo 2009: Messi 2010: Milito

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UEFA Club Football Awards

Best Goalkeeper

1997–98: Schmeichel 1998–99: Kahn 1999–2000: Kahn 2000–01: Kahn 2001–02: Kahn 2002–03: Buffon 2003–04: Baía 2004–05: Čech 2005–06: Lehmann 2006–07: Čech 2007–08: Čech 2008–09: Van der Sar 2009–10: Júlio César 2010–16: Not awarded 2016–17: Buffon

Best Defender

1997–98: Hierro 1998–99: Stam 1999–2000: Stam 2000–01: Ayala 2001–02: Roberto Carlos 2002–03: Roberto Carlos 2003–04: Carvalho 2004–05: Terry 2005–06: Puyol 2006–07: Maldini 2007–08: Terry 2008–09: Terry 2009–10: Maicon 2010–16: Not awarded 2016–17: Ramos

Best Midfielder

1997–98: Zidane 1998–99: Beckham 1999–2000: Mendieta 2000–01: Mendieta 2001–02: Ballack 2002–03: Nedvěd 2003–04: Deco 2004–05: Kaká 2005–06: Deco 2006–07: Seedorf 2007–08: Lampard 2008–09: Xavi 2009–10: Sneijder 2010–16: Not awarded 2016–17: Modrić

Best Forward

1997–98: Ronaldo 1998–99: Shevchenko 1999–2000: Raúl 2000–01: Raúl 2001–02: Raúl 2002–03: Van Nistelrooy 2003–04: Morientes 2004–05: Ronaldinho 2005–06: Eto'o 2006–07: Kaká 2007–08: C. Ronaldo 2008–09: Messi 2009–10: Milito 2010–16: Not awarded 2016–17: C. Ronaldo

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European Cup and UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
top scorers

European Cup

1955–56: Milutinović 1956–57: Viollet 1957–58: Di Stéfano 1958–59: Fontaine 1959–60: Puskás 1960–61: J. Águas 1961–62: Di Stéfano, Løfqvist, Puskás, Strehl & Tejada 1962–63: Altafini 1963–64: Kovačević, Mazzola & Puskás 1964–65: Eusébio
Eusébio
& Torres 1965–66: Albert & Eusébio 1966–67: Piepenburg & Van Himst 1967–68: Eusébio 1968–69: Law 1969–70: Jones 1970–71: Antoniadis 1971–72: Dunai, Macari & Takač 1972–73: Müller 1973–74: Müller 1974–75: Müller & Markarov 1975–76: Heynckes 1976–77: Cucinotta & Müller 1977–78: Simonsen 1978–79: Sulser 1979–80: Lerby 1980–81: McDermott, Rummenigge & Souness 1981–82: Hoeneß 1982–83: Rossi 1983–84: Sokol 1984–85: Nilsson & Platini 1985–86: Nilsson 1986–87: Cvetković 1987–88: R. Águas, Ferreri, Hagi, Madjer, McCoist, Míchel & Novák 1988–89: Van Basten 1989–90: Papin & Romário 1990–91: Pacult & Papin 1991–92: Papin & Yuran

UEFA Champions League

1992–93: Romário 1993–94: Koeman & Rufer 1994–95: Weah 1995–96: Litmanen 1996–97: Pantić 1997–98: Del Piero 1998–99: Shevchenko & Yorke 1999–2000: Jardel, Raúl & Rivaldo 2000–01: Raúl 2001–02: Van Nistelrooy 2002–03: Van Nistelrooy 2003–04: Morientes 2004–05: Van Nistelrooy 2005–06: Shevchenko 2006–07: Kaká 2007–08: C. Ronaldo 2008–09: Messi 2009–10: Messi 2010–11: Messi 2011–12: Messi 2012–13: C. Ronaldo 2013–14: C. Ronaldo 2014–15: Neymar, C. Ronaldo & Messi 2015–16: C. Ronaldo 2016–17: C. Ronaldo

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IFFHS
IFFHS
World's Best Playmaker

2006: Zidane 2007: Kaká 2008: Xavi 2009: Xavi 2010: Xavi 2011: Xavi 2012: Iniesta 2013: Iniesta 2014: Kroos 2015: Messi 2016: Messi 2017: Messi

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FIFA Confederations Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
awards

Golden Ball

1997: Denílson 1999: Ronaldinho 2001: Pirès 2003: Henry 2005: Adriano 2009: Kaká 2013: Neymar 2017: Draxler

Golden Glove

2005: Sánchez 2009: Howard 2013: Júlio César 2017: Bravo

Top goalscorer

1997: Romário
Romário
(7) 1999: Al-Otaibi / Blanco / Ronaldinho† (6) 2001: Carrière / Hwang Sun-hong
Hwang Sun-hong
/ Murphy / Pirès† / Suzuki / Vieira / Wiltord (2) 2003: Henry (4) 2005: Adriano (5) 2009: Luís Fabiano
Luís Fabiano
(5) 2013: Fred / Torres† (5) 2017: Goretzka / Stindl / Werner† (3)

†: Golden Boot award winner (when goals scored are tied)

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Samba Gold

2008: Kaká 2009: Luís Fabiano 2010: Maicon 2011: Thiago Silva 2012: Thiago Silva 2013: Thiago Silva 2014: Neymar 2015: Neymar 2016: Coutinho 2017: Neymar

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MLS All-Star Game MVP

1996: Valderrama 1997: Valderrama 1998: McBride 1999: Preki 2000: Diallo 2001: Donovan 2002: Etcheverry 2003: Ruiz 2004: Guevara 2005: Twellman 2006: De Rosario 2007: Ángel 2008: Blanco 2009: Howard 2010: Macheda 2011: Park 2012: Pontius 2013: Florenzi 2014: Donovan 2015: Kaká 2016: Akpom 2017: Mayoral

Brazil
Brazil
squads

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Brazil
Brazil
squad – 2002 FIFA World Cup
2002 FIFA World Cup
winners (5th title)

1 Marcos 2 Cafu (c) 3 Lúcio 4 Roque Júnior 5 Edmílson 6 Roberto Carlos 7 Ricardinho 8 Gilberto Silva 9 Ronaldo 10 Rivaldo 11 Ronaldinho 12 Dida 13 Belletti 14 Ânderson Polga 15 Kléberson 16 Júnior 17 Denílson 18 Vampeta 19 Juninho Paulista 20 Edílson 21 Luizão 22 Rogério Ceni 23 Kaká Coach: Scolari

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Brazil
Brazil
squad – 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
runners-up

1 Gomes 2 Maicon 3 Luisão 4 Alex 5 Adriano 6 P. Almeida 7 J. Baptista 8  Kaká
Kaká
(c) 9 Ewerthon 10 Diego 11 Robinho 12 Negri 13 Coelho 14 André Bahia 15 Nilmar 16 Nádson 17 C. Alberto 18 Thiago Motta Coach: Ricardo Gomes

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Brazil
Brazil
squad – 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
winners (2nd title)

1 Dida 2 Maicon 3 Lúcio 4 Roque Júnior 5 Emerson 6 Gilberto 7 Robinho 8 Kaká 9 Adriano 10  Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho
(c) 11 Zé Roberto 12 Marcos 13 Cicinho 14 Juan 15 Luisão 16 Léo 17 Gilberto Silva 18 Juninho 19 Renato 20 Júlio Baptista 21 Oliveira 22 Edu 23 Gomes Coach: Parreira

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Brazil
Brazil
squad – 2006 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

1 Dida 2 Cafu (c) 3 Lúcio 4 Juan 5 Emerson 6 Roberto Carlos 7 Adriano 8 Kaká 9 Ronaldo 10 Ronaldinho 11 Zé Roberto 12 Rogério Ceni 13 Cicinho 14 Luisão 15 Cris 16 Gilberto 17 Gilberto Silva 18 Mineiro 19 Juninho 20 Ricardinho 21 Fred 22 Júlio César 23 Robinho Coach: Parreira

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Brazil
Brazil
squad – 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
winners (3rd title)

1 Júlio César 2 Maicon 3  Lúcio
Lúcio
(c) 4 Juan 5 Felipe Melo 6 Kléber 7 Elano 8 Gilberto Silva 9 Luís Fabiano 10 Kaká 11 Robinho 12 Victor 13 Dani Alves 14 Luisão 15 Miranda 16 André Santos 17 Josué 18 Ramires 19 Júlio Baptista 20 Kléberson 21 Pato 22 Nilmar 23 Gomes Coach: Dunga

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Brazil
Brazil
squad – 2010 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

1 Júlio César 2 Maicon 3 Lúcio (c) 4 Juan 5 Felipe Melo 6 Michel Bastos 7 Elano 8 Gilberto Silva 9 Luís Fabiano 10 Kaká 11 Robinho 12 Gomes 13 Dani Alves 14 Luisão 15 Thiago Silva 16 Gilberto 17 Josué 18 Ramires 19 Júlio Baptista 20 Kléberson 21 Nilmar 22 Doni 23 Grafite Coach: Dunga

Authority control

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