Kaka has announced his retirement at the age of 35.
“It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you!” Kaka wrote on Twitter. “I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Kaka announced this year that he would not extend his contract with Orlando City but opened the door to a possible return to AC Milan.
“I would like to participate in the club in another way, as a manager, a sporting director, as someone who is between the pitch and the club,” he said in a farewell interview with Globo TV in Brazil. “I prepared very hard to be a professional footballer and I want to prepare for this new role.”
Kaka is the last player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d'Or.