It looked like a standard game with Kaka on the pitch – he dashed forward after a one-two with a teammate, and he got rid of his opponent by speed and sent the ball into the net in a swift motion.
It is as if Kaka has never left Italy, after yet another trademark goal against Catania in the 1-3 victory to AC Milan on 1st December 2013.
After struggling with injuries initially after his return to the club that he helped crown champions of Europe and the world in 2007, Kaka had found his form back, scoring four goals in 11 appearances so far this season. This figure isn’t particularly astonishing, but it is worth mentioning that he seldom plays a full 90 minutes these days.
Moreover, Kaka brings something that the team seriously lacks – an attacking midfielder who knows when and how to pass the ball, and a leader that his teammates can look up to.
The former World Player of the Year made headlines on 23 November, when after a disappointing 1-1 game with Genoa, he and goalkeeper Christian Abbiati met with about 300 angry Milan fans who blocked the exits to the stadium, harshly cursing at the players for not giving their best on the pitch.
Kaka and Abbiati stepped up to talk to the ultras, promising to perform better in the future, and successfully dissipating the ultras to let the team bus leave.
It takes someone whom the fans could respect and trust to talk the angry ultras off, and who better than the fans’ favourite for this job?
In the 3-1 victory against Catania, Mario Balotelli clashed with opponent Nicolas Spolli, accusing the Catania defender of making racist comments against him.
It was again Kaka who quickly came to Balotelli’s side and calmed him down, urging the troublemaker not to make a scene during the game.
For sure, if Spolli did make racist comment, then Balotelli had every right to be angry about it. However, everyone knows what a temper the Italian striker has, and no one could be sure what he would do in such situation. Hence the best method was to calm him down and pull him away from the scene first, and that was what Kaka did.
With Kaka in the team, Milan find their true leader that they could rely on.
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