Kaka is standing out amongst the talented pool of football players in Brazil. According to Pele Kaka is very skillful and already one of the best players in the world.
Ricardo Izecson Santos Leite, Kaka’s real name, despite being only 22 years old has already propelled fellow countryman Rivaldo towards the exit door, has relegated Portuguese legend Rui Costa to the bench and continuously serves as the driving force and brains of AC Milan football club.
He is unlike the common Brazilian football player who first played the game in the street with a soccer ball made from rags. He came from a comfortable, cultured family and kept his studies while honing his skills. When his skills where already high enough to stay outside the radar of the football world; he received his first financial rewards. His maturity and sense of responsibility was depicted by funding his brother’s education at the best college in Sao Paulo rather than buying luxurious items.
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He is not one of your natural “born to be a superstar” players. Rather, he grew up physically short, lanky and thin but this did not discourage him but inspired him to work very hard and gain ten pounds of muscle.
Kaka always dreamt of playing for Milan football team. His friend attests to his likeness of the team and said it was the only club he thought about and, in the end, he has conquered it,” Pacheco reminisces.
Despite his likeness of the team, he had no intention to play right away in Italy. But I doubt his immense talent could afford him that. With 8.5 million euros over five years, Leonardo a Milan executive convinced Kaka to play in AC Milan. With less than one season, the prized player has the San Siro in his pocket.
Zico explains that Kaka is “Brazil’s finest discovery”. He has the technique of a Brazilian and the physical qualities of a European.
“He’s a well-balanced, laid-back young man, who is not prone to either over-excitement or depression,” explains his coach Carlo Ancelotti with evident admiration. He is mentally very strong and already very mature beyond his years. I don’t think there’s much risk of him getting bigheaded. He is a great champion.”
Comparatively his football debut stats are bigger than those superstars ahead of him as shown below:
Pavel Nedved, with 7,30. By way of a yardstick, other great playmakers of world football recorded considerably lower ratings during their debut seasons, such as Maradona (6.93), Falcao (6.79), Zico (6.74), Michel Platini (6.48) and Socrates (5.83).
He reminds me of a young Ronaldinho during World Cup 2002 who scored an incredible goal in the competition.
He is surely one of those players we will be watching come World Cup 2006.
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