The former Brazilian, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has announced his decision to quit the sport as a player. With a net worth of $108 million, the Brazilian star has been the sixth highest paid football icon.
Kaka shared the news of his retirement on Twitter: “Father, it was much more than I could ever [have] imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amem.
Foi muito mais do que eu pedi ou imaginei!Obrigado! Eis-me aqui para próxima jornada. Em nome de Jesus. Amém. pic.twitter.com/PofZBAV0BE
— Kaka (@KAKA) December 17, 2017
Once regarded as one of the best players in the world, the oft-injured and reserved Kaka has struggled to find a spot in the starting lineup since joining Real Madrid in 2009. Real Madrid paid a transfer fee of $91 million to get Kaka, the fourth highest transfer fee in football history.
Kaka was the highest paid footballer in England with a guaranteed annual salary of $7.2 million (INR 46 crore). He has been the 79th highest paid athlete on Forbes top 100 list for 2013. He has endorsed the big international brands like Armani, Adidas, PepsiCo ,Sony.
Kaka’s 1,500 sq meter, double story bungalow in Madrid is valued at $8.1 million. The fleet of his cars included an Audi R8, Q7, Q5 and Audi TT.
The midfielder also has a strong social media presence. His follower on 31,532,565 Facebook, 29,486,384 twitter and 12.5 million Instagram followers.
The 35-year-old, who began his career in Brazil with Sao Paulo, was most recently with MLS club Orlando City. He played his final match as Orlando’s season ended in October. He has been among the only eight players to complete the treble of World Cup, European Cup/Champions League, and Ballon d’Or treble.
Kaka has a big social media presence with the second most Twitter followers among athletes and the fifth most Facebook fans.
In his 92 appearances for Brazil, Kaka has scored 29 goals.