Brazilian great Kaka announces retirement from football

It was with AC Milan that Kaka made his name becoming Europe's finest footballer

I won't be a professional player, an athlete.

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka, a 2002 World Cup victor with Brazil, has retired.

On Sunday he posted on Twitter that he is ready for next journey: "Father, it was much more than I could even imagine".

One of the finest playmakers of his time, the Brazilian started his career in his native country with Corinthians before AC Milan captured his signature in 2003.

The former FIFA World Cup victor with Brazil stated that: "My cycle as a professional player ends here. Thank you! I'm now ready for the next journey", he posted on Twitter, alongside a picture of himself in a T-shirt labelled "I belong to Jesus".

After an illustrious career, the world says good bye to one of the greatest players the world of football has ever seen.

"Now I will prepare to continue in football and have another function, but will not be more like a professional player", said the World Cup, Champions League, Serie A and LaLiga victor. Reports circulated around two specific offers: a return to his first love Sao Paolo for a one-year contract and another non-playing role as club director at AC Milan. But in the end, he arrived at Real Madrid for 67m euros nearly at the same time with Ronaldo. He returned to Milan on a free transfer ahead of the 2013-14 season. "So I want to prepare myself for this going ahead, to study, to follow, to be closer to certain clubs, especially those where I played", he told Globo. A graceful midfielder, Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil. He is renowned for strong mazy dribbles and creativity on the pitch, which helps to provide opportunities to score.

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