When Real Madrid - one of the best clubs in the world - signed Kaka, one of the most highly-regarded players in Europe at the time; it was a mixture which made all football fans' jaw's drop.
However, the Brazilian's move to the Spanish giants hasn't gone as planned. Admirably, the man who joined at the prime at of 27 was convinced to swap his life in Italy to ply his trade elsewhere due to the financial crisis his former club, AC Milan, were facing.
Kaka packed his bags and joined the mission to reform the Galacticos at Real Madrid, with his signing coming in the same summer that Los Blancos shocked the world by signing Cristiano Ronaldo for £80m from Manchester United, smashing the world record for a transfer fee.
After the former Ballon d'Or winner's first season, the manager in charge during his purchase, Manuel Pellegrini, had departed the club, and had been replaced with former treble winner with Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho immediately started to acquire some of his own men in his mission to knock Barcelona off their perch in La Liga; securing the signature of German maestro, Mesut Ozil; consequently pushing an injury-tormented Kaka down the Real Madrid pecking order.
Ozil was a Mourinho favourite, as the Portuguese played the former Werder Bremen-man playing in almost all of Real Madrid's games when under the guidance of the now-Chelsea manager.
As Ozil's grip over the starting spot behind the striker increased, doubts started to form about whether Kaka's future still was in Madrid.
Summer after summer the number eight had been linked with a move away, but chose to stay in hope that he would be able to rekindle his form of old and return to his former glory.
However, now that Real Madrid have purchased Spanish under-21 international Isco from Malaga, it seems Kaka is ready to finally call it a day for this chapter in his career.
Shortly after the elegant Brazilian blissfully grabbed a goal in a 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo, he announced he would be looking for a move away this summer, claiming: "The club knows I want to leave and I would like them to help me find a solution for my exit."
The news of his desired exit will come as good news, especially to the clubs looking for a quick solution in a daunting summer of being out-priced for their targets.
Among the clubs looking for some last-minute business are Arsenal.
The Gunners have had a miserable summer in the transfer window, only securing the two free signatures of former player, Mathieu Flamini, and youngster Yaya Sanogo.
Manager Arsene Wenger seems desperate to fill the gaps in his squad, the acquisition of Kaka would not solve any of their current problems; but it will add strength in depth for the club who missed out on targets such as Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain, and seemingly Luis Suarez.
Kaka would provide an air of quality and experience at the Emirates, but will also be allowed to leave Real Madrid for a much, much cheaper price than the staggering £56m it took for him to leave Milan in 2009.
The man vying for a spot in Brazil's new-look World Cup squad would suit Arsenal's passing style well, adding more competition amongst a young Arsenal side. On the other hand, it is yet to be seen whether the former Sao Paolo man can keep up with the fast tempo of the Premier League.
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