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Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite born April 22, 1982 in Brasília), better known as Kaká, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for A.C. Milan of the Italian Serie A. He was the recipient of the prestigious Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2007.

Club career

Kaká began his club career with Săo Paulo at the age of eight. He signed a contract at 15 and led the SPFC youth squad to Copa de Juvenil glory. Kaká made his senior side debut in January 2001 and scored 12 goals in 27 appearances, in addition to leading Săo Paulo to its first and only Torneio Rio-Săo Paulo championship. He scored 10 in 22 matches the following season, and by this time his performance was soon attracting attention from European clubs.

AC Milan, fresh from winning the 2003 Champions League, brought him aboard in 2003 for $8.5 million, a fee described in hindsight as "peanuts" by club owner Silvio Berlusconi.[1] Within a month, he cracked the starting line-up, and has remained there since. His Serie A debut was in a 2–0 Milan win at A.C. Ancona. He scored 10 goals in 30 appearances that season, as Milan won the Scudetto and the European Super Cup.

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Kaká was a part of the five-man midfield in the 2004–05 season, usually playing in a withdrawn role behind striker Andriy Shevchenko.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 scored 7 goals in 36 domestic appearances as Milan finished runner-up to Juventus. Despite Milan losing the 2004–05 Champions League final to Liverpool F.C. on penalties, he was nonetheless voted the best midfielder of the tournament, and also finished ninth, with 19 votes, in the running for the 2005 Ballon D'Or.

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The 2005–06 season saw Kaká score his first hat-tricks in domestic and European competition. On April 9, 2006, he scored his first Rossoneri hat-trick against Chievo Verona. All three goals were scored in the second half. Seven months later, he scored his first Champions League hat-trick in a 4–1 group stage win over RSC Anderlecht. The football world was beginning to take notice of a superstar in the making. Following Rui Costa's departure to Benfica at the end of the season, and despite the insistence of many Milan fans, Kaká turned down the chance to switch from his number 22 to the now-vacant number 10, a number typically associated with world-class playmakers. (The number was eventually claimed by teammate Clarence Seedorf.)

Shevchenko's departure to Chelsea FC for the 2006–07 season allowed Kaká to become the focal point of Milan's offense as he alternated between the midfield and striker positions. He finished as the top scorer in the 2006–07 CL campaign with ten goals, which proved a catalyst in steering Milan back to European success. One of them helped the Rossoneri beat Celtic FC 1–0 after extra time in the quarterfinals on a 1–0 aggregate, and three others proved fatal for Manchester United in the semifinals despite Milan losing the first leg. Following the convincing 3–0 second-leg defeat at the San Siro on May 2 that knocked out the English champions, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson declared that Kaka was one of the two best players in the world, alongside his charge Cristiano Ronaldo.[2] The previous month, a panel of experts set up by Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport proclaimed Kaká as the world's best footballer. Shevchenko also included his endorsement, while suggesting that Kaká deserved to win the Ballon D'Or.[3]


Kaká added the Champions League title to his trophy case for the first time when Milan defeated Liverpool F.C. 2–1 in Athens on May 23, 2007. 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. For his stellar play throughout the competition, he was voted the Vodafone Fans' Player of the Season in a poll of over 100,000 visitors. In June 2007, German football publication Kicker named him the world's best player, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho finishing second and third, respectively, while he was also given this honour by UK publication The Times. On August 30, 2007, Kaká was named by UEFA as both the top forward of the 2006–07 CL season and Club Footballer of the Year. [4]

He played his 200th career match with Milan in a 1–1 home draw with Calcio Catania on September 30, 2007, and on October 5, he was named the 2006–07 FIFPro World Player of the Year.

On December 2, 2007, Kaká was officially announced as the European Footballer of the Year, becoming the eighth Milan player in history to receive the honor. He finished with a decisive 444 votes, far ahead of runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo. Upon accepting the award in Paris, he said, "It was an exceptional year and the Ballon D'or crowns an extraordinary 2007...I want to thank God who allowed me to be here today. I thank my wife, my parents and Milan, the team that allowed me to win. I also thank my teammates, both at Milan and Brazil, and all of the fans."[5]

On December 17, 2007, he was named the FIFA World Player of the Year.

National team

Kaká made his debut for Brazil in January 2002 against Bolivia. He was part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning squad, but played only 19 minutes, all of which were in the first round match against Costa Rica. During the final against Germany, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was reportedly about to send Kaká on as a substitute, but he never made it into the game as the referee did not notice him waving on the sidelines to enter the pitch.

In 2003, Kaká was the captain for the Gold Cup tournament, where Brazil finished as runner-up, as did Kaká with a second-best three goals. He was also named as one of the competition's top eleven players by position. On June 29, 2005, he scored in a 4–1 defeat of Argentina in the 2005 Confederations Cup final, with a powerful shot into the upper right-hand corner of the net. He finished in joint tenth place in the voting for the 2004 FIFA World Player of the Year award, and finished two spots higher the following year.

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"The great victories include all the European Cup final wins (pre-Juventus 2003), Intercontinental Cup, Cup Winners Cup plus domestic wins over Maradona's Napoli and thrashings of Inter and Fiorentina."

Kaká started in his first FIFA World Cup Finals in 2006, scoring his first and only goal in a 1-0 victory over Croatia in Brazil's opening match. He was unable to keep up his momentum for the remainder of the tournament as Brazil were eliminated by France in the quarterfinals. On September 3, 2006, he scored again for Brazil, receiving the ball off a deflection from an Argentina corner kick and taking the ball down three quarters of the field to score.

On May 12, 2007, citing an exhaustive schedule of Serie A, Champions League and national team play, Kaká openly bowed out of the 2007 Copa América, which was won by Brazil. "I haven't had a break for three seasons. I won't have the form to achieve what is expected of me at an international level."[6] Brazil coach Dunga took the optimistic route, declaring that while he was disappointed about Kaká's decision, his absence would subsequently free up a roster spot for a lesser-used player.[7] Kaká, however, did play 70 minutes of Brazil's 1–1 friendly draw with England on June 1, but only 30 in a goalless draw with Turkey on June 5.[8]

Personal life and religion

A devout evangelical Christian, Kaká 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 Milan's 2007 Champions League triumph. Kaká previously sported the same shirt during Milan's 2004 Scudetto celebration and after Brazil's defeat of Germany in the 2002 World Cup final, and had the same phrase, along with "God Is Faithful," stitched onto the tongues of his boots.[9] During the post match celebration following Brazil's 4–1 win over Argentina in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup final, he and several of his teammates, among them backup keeper Gomes and defender Lúcio, wore T-shirts with "Jesus Loves You" printed on them in various languages.

Kaká is a member of the organization Atletas de Cristo ("Athletes of Christ").[10] His goal celebration consists of him pointing to the sky as a gesture of thanks to God, and he is proud that he was a virgin when he married. His favourite music is gospel music,[11] and his favourite book is the Bible.[12] Since November 2004, he 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.

Kaká was sworn in as an Italian citizen on February 12, 2007.[13] He features prominently in Adidas advertising and also has a modelling contract with Armani, but the latter prevented him from appearing in a photo collection alongside his Milan teammates that was published by Dolce & Gabbana in early 2007. He married his childhood sweetheart Caroline Celico on 23 December 2005 at the evangelical Reborn in Christ Church in Săo Paulo, Brazil. Caroline is currently pregnant with their first child.[14]

The Reborn in Christ Church, of which Kaká is a member, is currently under investigation in connection with its leaders, Estevam Hernandes Filho and Sonia Hernandes, who were sentenced to prison in August 2007 on money smuggling charges. Kaká, who has not been charged, was an annual donor to the church with contributions totalling nearly $1 million. He was sent a questionnaire by Brazilian authorities inquiring about connections with the leaders, but his spokesman denied that Kaká had actually received any such documents.[15]

Personal information
Full name Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite
Date of birth April 22, 1982 (1982-04-22)
Place of birth    Brasília, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder, Second Striker
Club information
Current club A.C. Milan
Number 22
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Săo Paulo FC
A.C. Milan
058 (10)
145 (51)   
National team2
2002- Brazil 054 (19)
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 12 November 2007 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of November 18, 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)


His nickname is pronounced as it is spelled, with stress on the second syllable. It is a common term of endearment of "Ricardo" in Brazil. In Kaká's case, however, it was born from younger brother Rodrigo calling him "Caca" due to his inability to pronounce "Ricardo"; it eventually evolved into Kaká.[9] He is occasionally called "Ricky Kaka" by the European media.

Career statistics

Club Season Domestic
International Total
App G App G App G App G
AC Milan 2007-08 10 8 0 0 5 2 15 10
2006-07 31 8 2 0 15 10 48 18
2005-06 35 14 2 0 12 5 49 19
2004-05 36 7 2 0 14 2 52 9
2003-04 30 10 4 0 14 4 48 14
Total 133 41 10 0 57 23 200 63
Săo Paulo FC 2002-03 10 2     0 0 10 2
2001-02 22 9     0 0 22 9
2000-01 27 12     0 0 27 12
Total 59 23 0 0 0 0 59 23
Career Totals 192 64 10 0 56 22 259 86


Club and national team

  • Torneio Rio-Săo Paulo: 2001
  • Supercampeonato Paulista: 2002
  • European Super Cup: 2003, 2007
  • Serie A: 2004
  • Italian Super Cup: 2004
  • UEFA Champions League: 2006-07
  • FIFA World Cup: 2002
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2005
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2007

Individual honours

  • Revista Placar Bola de Ouro: 2002
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Bola de Placar (best player by position): 2002
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI: 2003
  • UEFA Best Midfielder: 2005
  • Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 2004, 2006
  • Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2004
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2006
  • FIFPro World XI: 2006, 2007
  • UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 2006-2007
  • UEFA Champions League Best Forward: 2006-2007
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2007
  • FIFPro World Player of the Year: 2007
  • Ballon d'Or: 2007
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2007
  • Toyota Award: 2007
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2007
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 2007


  • Intercontinental Cup: 2003
  • UEFA Champions League: 2004-2005
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup: 2003
FIFA World Player of the Year
Ballon d'Or
World Soccer Player of the Year
FIFPro World Player of the Year
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
UEFA Club Football Award Best Forward
Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year
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Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year

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i love his style of football and he looks like a very nice person may god guide and protect u "kaka"
I am here to tell everyone not saying anyone is not good or bad but to tell about the wonderful KAKA. I think to make a great player it is a lot of things and to be the best its depends on the completion of the player. Completion as in the overall of the player. How the player does in pressure works hard, works with team, does his best, his 100, to be determined, skilled, with technique and they need heart and lots more. I think kaka deserves to be the best because he works hard and is the most complete player of everyone. I say that he tries his best and does his best no matter what happens. He does his best and I respect him.
kaka is the player that i like him the most . may GOD bless him .he is so cool.and adorable player
i love the man, he made the FiFa confederations worth watching
Yea kaka~! greatest well one of the greatest!
Kaka is the best player. I am a manu fan but KAKA could match up with players like pele, Ronaldo, MESSI, AND all those other players.
kaka is pretty freakin good
i am a liverpool fan so i obviously think gerrard is amazing but this man is the best player to football since pele some said pele mastered football i disagree i feel no one could truly master it, but i say if kaka keeps at the pace he is going he will match pele's greatness
KAKA you are the best in the world and may GOD be with you all the time when you play. IT'S just one thing that GOD blesses Brazil great football players the world will ever had. SO keep on going KAKA be the best and make your country proud and you fans around the world. from ELROY in SOUTH ARICA
kaka is the boss and he is the best
KAKA is an awesome footballer n the best in the 20th century.. we just luv u kaka 4 wat u r
kaka the best
kaka is my favourite player in the world he is just great
I am your biggest fan Kaka, You are one of the greatest players i have ever known. Good luck with your wonderful career
kaka started out so young. He still has many more years to go and yet he has surpassed players like beckam and ronaldo[from brazil not Portugal]. So next time when Milan plays compare Kaka to any player and you will see the difference and may Jesus be with you.
kaka is the best, he's got everything that a player should posses and i wish him good luck

kaka is the best player in the world cause he's got the skill the speed and strength to give a 100% effect on a match. c, ronaldo is very good and definitely one of a kind and one of the best in the world but kaka is better than him and does have the right to be called the best player in the world this year at least.

i just love watching him play
         he is the best
he the best soccer player in the whole universe. ronaldinho is nothing in front of him.
kaka  is  sure the  best  &  no  one  else
this is pepe from S.A kaka is the best soccer player in the world
kaka is un amazing player, I like how he  plays with Ronaldo passing the ball generously, unlike Andriano
Kaka is the best

i've watched football all my life and i admire how u play  and who u r to earth u rock ac milan rockssss!!!!!!!!!!

KAka sounds like a nice person

Hi May God bless you

wat up kaka you know i love you right your my biggests fan11111 yep you are chia kaka love you

kaka is THE BEST soccer-player.Samo ,,KAKA''

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