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Former Real Madrid player Kaka announces his retirement

The Brazilian star is now 35 years old.

2017 MLS All-Star Game: Real Madrid v MLS All-Stars Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Former Real Madrid player Kaka has announced his retirement from football at age 35.

Kaka played for Real Madrid from 2009 to 2013 after the club spent €65 million on his transfer from Milan. His tenure with the club will be remembered as one of the most disappointing signings in club history even though he tried to contribute and was a good teammate who accepted his role as a reserve once Jose Mourinho was named the coach of the first team.

Kaka was a brilliant attacking midfielder who excelled on counterattacks but he never managed to play his best game for Madrid. Expectations were very high when Perez decided to sign him and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2009 but only Cristiano Ronaldo became worth the money and a club legend.

Still, Kaka has been one of the best Brazilian players of the last decade and even won the 2007 Ballon D’Or.

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