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Kaka: An outstanding Brazilian talent

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In August 2007, Kaka was named FIFA World Player of the Year, an award he fully deserved at the age of 25. 

His outstanding performances for club and country clearly caught the attention of the footballing world, and for Kaka, this was a moment in his career which he will never forget. 

Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite - to give him his full name - started his career in 1994 when he signed for Sao Paulo aged 12, through hard work and shear determination to succeed.

Kaka signed a professional contract for the club in 2001, aged 19, after somehow recovering from an awful spinal fracture a year earlier, which could have easily ended his career. 

Enjoying a successful career for Sao Paulo, Kaka hit the back of the net 23 times in 59 league games before AC Milan came knocking, along with many other top European clubs. 

Kaka signed for the Italian club in 2003, at the age of 21 and this is where his career would really take off. 

Kaka made some world-class performances over his six-year stint for the Rossoneri, one of his most famous was his single-handed demolition of Manchester United during the 2006/07 Champions League campaign where he scored three stunning goals over the two semi-final matches. 

By the time Kaka was 27, he still had many admirers of his obvious talent, making 270 appearances in all competitions for Milan and scoring a very impressive 95 goals. 

Manchester City looked favourites for his signature in the winter of 2009, but sadly for the English club, they could not agree terms with the Brazilian playmaker, and as these negotiations broke down, his transfer sparked the interest of Spanish Giants, Real Madrid, who made it no secret that they were in awe of him. 

During the month of June, in 2009, Real Madrid made an approach for the superstar, leaving AC Milan with no choice but to accept the huge offer, which was believed to be in the region of £56m

Kaka enjoyed a successful two years at the Bernabeu before suffering an injury which would see him out of action for up to four months, he returned back to the pitch in January 2011. 

So far, the Brazilian has played over 120 competitive matches for Real Madrid, scoring 29 goals, and providing his team-mates on 32 occasions. Many would state that his performances during 2012/13 are not up to the standard of such a quality midfielder, and Kaka would most likely agree.

The footballing world could argue they have seen the former Ballon d'Or winner decline in recent seasons, and at the age of 31, he seems to be considering a possible move to the MLS, what could be seen by many as a negative impact on his amazing career. 

Kaka still has awesome talent but it seems to be hiding away somewhere in his locker and he would sure make a great addition to any top European club looking for a midfield maestro - even at the age of 31. 

With Jose Mourinho back at Chelsea, could there be a possible midfield role for him in the Premier League? 

A possible move to Chelsea seems even more possible with his international teammates, David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar all making a name for themselves in England. But would Kaka fit into Mourinho's plans if he became available this summer?

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