Kaka retires from football, aged 35.

The blog is a little saddened that the beautiful game loses one if it’s finest players of our era today, as Kaka has announced his retirement from football aged 35.

One of the finest playmakers of his time, the Brazilian started his career in his native country with São Paulo before AC Milan captured his signature in 2003. His style of play at the San Siro saw Kaka become one of the world’s elite players.

Despite a collapsed move to the then-newly rich Manchester City, it was Real Madrid who lured Kaka away from the club where once said he wanted “to grow old”. His move to the Bernebeu in 2009 however could be best described as luckless. He joined for a transfer fee of €67 million. At the time, this was the second highest transfer fee ever, behind only the €77.5 million fee for Zinedine Zidane. However, in the same transfer window Real Madrid broke the world record by signing Cristiano Ronaldo. (Whatever became of him?)

His four seasons in the Spanish capital were ravaged by injury, before returning to Milan in 2013 for one season, before finishing up his career Stateside with the newly formed Orlando City.

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.

Follow Rob Smith on Twitter (@robsmithireland)