Some of the Orlando City players could scarcely believe their luck when ex-superstar Kaka signed for the Florida-based outfit. The 32-year-old has won Serie A and La Liga titles in career as well as the Champions League and the 2002 World Cup, so to see him appear in the MLS must have been a dream come true for some of his colleagues.
And ahead of the team's league debut against New York City on Sunday night, the Brazilian decided to give his new teammates a rousing team-talk. However, it was something of an anti-climax as he seemed to get lost for words.
After the players gathered in a huddle, Kaka simply stated: Let’s go out and play together and win this game. Uhhh… everybody together, OK?"
The bemused players decided to agree with the player and off they went.
Luckily, Kaka's footballing skills are still far better than his motivational speeches, as he scored a injury-time free-kick to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw in front of a 62,150 sell-out at the Citrus Bowl. Both teams were making their competitive debuts in the league.
New York made the high-profile signing of Frank Lampard last summer. However, the ex-Chelsea man signed a short-term loan with champions Manchester City, meaning he will not join up with his new teammates until the end of the season.
Kaka has enjoyed an illustrious career. He joined AC Milan from Sao Paulo in 2003 and blossomed under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti. In 2007, he won the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or awards. In 2009, he signed for Real Madrid, becoming the world's most expensive at the time.
After a return to Milan in 2013 did not really bring any relative success, Kaka and Milan agreed to terminate his contract, allowing him to join the newly-formed Orlando outfit.