It is now a good eight years since Brazilian midfielder Kaka picked up both the FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d'Or in a matter of weeks. Back then, in 2008, he was the most elegant player in world football and just 18 months later, Real Madrid made him the most expensive player of all time in a £56million deal.
He would only hold the title for a short period – less than 48 hours, in fact. Real Madrid would later agree to an £80m deal with Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo. While both were worth of their price tags at the time, their careers could not have taken more different paths since that fateful summer.
A series of serious knee injuries would see the Brazil international limited to just 75 starts for Los Blancos before the Spanish club were forced to make alternate plans. He returned to his spiritual home AC Milan in 2013 and threatened to rediscover his best form.
But he would never reach those lofty height again and eventually found himself plying his trade for Major League Soccer outfit Orlando City. From time to time, however, the 33-year-old has offered up a reminder of just how good he can be. He did that last night.
Playing in a low-key friendly against NASL side Jacksonville Armada, Kaka found the back of the net with a rather terrific effort from a dead-ball situation. The goalkeeper had no chance as the former World Player of the Year found the toppest of top corners.
Orlando would eventually lose the game 2-1. The full highlights can be seen below.
Premier League odyssey
Kaka managed to break back into the Brazil set-up last year after a spell of good form with Sao Paolo, but it seems that a move back to Europe is looking less than likely in what is the twilight of his career.
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Kaka admitted that the likes of Oscar, Willian and even Arsenal's Mesut Ozil had tried and failed to coax him to the Premier League.
He told the report: "They joke with me saying, 'Come and play for Chelsea or Arsenal' but I am so happy here in Orlando."
Alongside the likes of David Villa, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, Kaka represents a new wave of superstars to have made the journey across the Atlantic. He's already proving too good for many of his competitors with a double nutmeg a particular highlight.News Now - Sport News