At one point in time Kaka was the greatest player in the world. He had poise, grace, strength, balance, pace and was scored a variety of astounding goals. One might say that in his pomp he was a footballing Roger Federer, but since joining Real Madrid in 2009 his powers have waned somewhat (also a bit like the Swiss).
It emerged last night of the Brazilian's intention to move on from Madrid after what have been four largely disappointing years, dogged by injuries and an inability to cement a regular place in the first XI.
There is no doubt however that at his best, in 2007, Kaka was one of the finest footballers of the 21st Century, slotting in behind only Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane in terms of influence. To celebrate his glory days and commemorate his potential return to Sao Paolo, here are ten of his best.
1. Sao Paolo v Juventude (2001)
2. AC Milan v Empoli (2003)
3. AC Milan v Fenerbache (2005)
4. Brazil v Argentina (2006)
5. Brazil v Peru (2007)
6. AC Milan v Manchester United (2007)
7. AC Milan Anderlecht (2007)
8. Brazil v Egypt (2010)
9. Real Madrid v Valencia (2011)
10. Real Madrid v Apoel Nicosia (2012)