Soccer star Kaka announces retirement

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

Former Ballon d'Or victor Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35.

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Former AC Milan star Ricardo Kaka has officially announced his retirement following the expiration of his contract with MLS team Orlando City.

"I needed time to think and take a very calm decision, very calm and very aware of what I will want for my professional life", said the 35-year-old Brazilian, speaking to Globo Esporte.

The former FIFA World Cup victor with Brazil stated that: "My cycle as a professional player ends here".

Posting a black and white image of himself wearing the famous "I belong to Jesus" t-shirt he sported in the Champions League final against Liverpool, Kaka issued a statement reflecting on his career.

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Renowned for his strong mazy dribbles, his finishing and his creativity in providing goalscoring opportunities for others, Kaka played 92 times for Brazil, scoring 29 times.

Kaka was 21 when Milan brought him to Italy from Sao Paulo.

The risky playmaker won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's World Player award in 2007 while playing for Milan.

He was arguably at his prime during the six years he spent with the Italian giants between 2003 and 2009, during which time he also won the Serie A title in 2004 and the Club World Cup in 2007.

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

"To do it like [Zinedine] Zidane is a good idea", Kaka said to Globo back in October, when discussing his plans for the future. "Now, there are people who believe I am already ready".

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