Former Brazil and AC Milan midfielder Kaka announces retirement from football
Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player Sunday, suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards.
Rio de Janeiro: Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player Sunday, suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards.
"I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete," he told Globo television.
"I would like to take part in a club in a role more like... a manager, a sporting director -- someone between the field and the club."
Kaka, 35, said AC Milan "recently made this proposal."
On his Twitter feed, the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner, who was part of Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning team, posted a prayer.
It read: "Father, It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amem."
During a storied career, the attacking midfielder also starred at Real Madrid and finished his playing days at US club Orlando City in Major League Soccer.
Messi, who earlier this month finally landed a major international trophy with Argentina when they beat rivals Brazil to win the Copa America, "will sign a five-season contract with a release clause of 600 million euros ($709 million)," according to Catalan sports daily L'Esportiu.
The 34-year-old World Cup winner underwent a medical on Friday before signing with the Serie A runners-up who return to the Champions League next season after a seven-year absence.
No fee has been disclosed but British media reported value the deal at £34 million ($47 million) rising to £48 million with add-ons.