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.
Top marks for bravery from Arsenal’s goalscorer.
This latest incident won’t quieten his critics.
Are they actually improving under Unai Emery?
The latest in a long line of Brazilian recruits.
No prizes for getting No.1.
Who gets the best value out of their transfers?
A wonderful sight to behold.
One of Man Utd’s great sliding doors moments.
There’s a lot of nonsense.
“This is real football, not the Primera División.”