Former Brazil midfielder Kaka announces retirement from football

The European trophy was one of a host of silverware won by the Brazilian during his career

Former AC Milan Ballon d'or victor Kaka has chose to call it quits on his playing career he reveals in an interview with Globo Esporte.

"My cycle as a professional player ends here", Kaka confirmed.

I needed a bit of time to think and make my decision with calm.

The Brazilian left MLS in October, parting ways with Orlando City and there was much speculation on what he would do next.

Kaka moved to Europe in 2003 to join Milan and enjoyed the best spell of his career in Italy.

Following his €67 million transfer to Real Madrid, however, he entered a somewhat patchier stage in his career but now, with all said and done, he has most certainly done enough to warrant his legendary status. With Orlando, Kaka again showed flashes of his tremendous talent, giving the expansion team an immediate boost.

Kaka tweeted Sunday that "I'm now ready for the next journey".

In his first spell with the Rossoneri, Kaka won the Scudetto in his debut season and the Champions League and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007. But in the end, he arrived at Real Madrid for 67m euros nearly at the same time with Ronaldo. A graceful midfielder, Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil.

He was also a member of Brazil's 2010 World Cup squad, where he ended the tournament with three assists despite not scoring.

Having struggled with a series of knee injuries, Kaka returned to Milan for one season in 2013 before leaving for Orlando the following year.

However, Kaka said his transition off the pitch wasn't being taken for granted.

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

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