Brazilian midfielder Kaka retires at age 35

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

The news didn't come as a surprise, after the 35-year-old made it clear he wouldn't renew with Orlando City earlier this year, per ESPN FC.

"My career as a professional player is over". The risky playmaker told Globo TV on Sunday that "the cycle of my career as a player ends here". Further spells at Milan and Sao Paulo ensued before the midfielder concluded his career in the U.S. with Major League Soccer outfit Orlando City. Kaka was the best paid of the entire competition with a salary of $7.2 million.

Kaka was a free agent after leaving MLS team Orlando City in October.

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A graceful midfielder, Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil, scoring 29 goals and featuring at three World Cups.

"I needed time to think and take a decision calmly", Kaka said.

He was back at the San Siro last month, taking in the Rossoneri's 5-1 Europa League win over Austria Vienna after spending the day visiting the club's new headquarters and meeting with the Serie A club's new owners. I wanted to thank you so much for your football, for our 17 years of friendship and for joining me in Orlando. "Now I will prepare myself to continue in football and to have another role, but it will not be as a professional player, athlete", he told Globo.

"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.

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