Kaka perhaps lacked the longevity to go down as one of the greatest players of all time – but for a while he was undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have maintained their incredible standards for so long that it’s rare for any other player to even enter the debate around the greatest player of the modern era, but as the last player to win the Ballon d’Or before the duopoly of the award began, Kaka certainly deserves a mention.
The Brazilian was as captivating as any player to take to the field at his best, and we’ve looked back at seven of his best moments to remind ourselves of just how good he was.
Full marks are well within reach.
An ex-Saints and Boro player tops the list.
Spare a thought for Sunderland fans.
A tale of sackings, steroids and even a Gaddafi.
In fact, we all love Santi.
Juve’s dominance is getting a bit unfair now.
There are at least some encouraging signs.
These are simply outstanding.
We’re expecting a lot of 90-95% scores.
Including a burnt down bus and Biggie Smalls.