Former Brazil, and AC Milan midfielder Kaka, announces retirement

Kaka will be remembered as being one of the elite Brazilian players that wowed the crowds and his list of silverware - both team and indvidual (including the Ballon d'Or) will strengthen that argument. The risky playmaker told Globo TV on Sunday that "the cycle of my career as a player ends here".

On Sunday he posted on Twitter that he is ready for next journey: "Father, it was much more than I could even imagine".

The legendary Brazilian also won an array of individual honours, and his 2007 Ballon d'Or title is the last time anyone other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo lifted football's most prestigious individual honour.

In total, Kaka retires with 746 career appearances, 237 goals, eight major trophies and millions of hearts won around the world of football.

The former Brazil global has, along with Sao Paulo, been linked with a return to AC Milan, where he won the Champions League, Serie A and the Ballon d'Or during the peak of his career.

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"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 needed time to think and take a decision calmly", Kaka said. The fact that I've had successes as a professional footballer doesn't mean that I will be a good director or not.

Kaka, 35, has chose to hang up his boots after winding up his career at Orlando City. "Then I asked some people very close to me - my parents, my brother, my girlfriend and my brother's wife, there are five people - I asked them to pray".

In conclusion Kaka confirmed that he has been in talks with former club Milan stating that: "It's true that recently Milan made me an offer, we will see".