Ever since Kaka's arrival in Madrid, he has failed to live up to expectations and could now be dreaming of a Premier League switch this summer.
Six months later, Real splashed a reported £54 million to sign the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner from previous club AC Milan.
So how does a player of Kaka's immense talent and promise end up riding the bench?
Well, there are a few reasons for that.
Playing second fiddle to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil may have taken its toll on him.
His failure to play week-in-week-out first team football has stunted the his development as well as his fragile confidence.
In his three seasons with the Galacticos, Kaka has netted on 24 separate occasions in both La Liga and Champions League play.
Those numbers could be significantly higher, however, if the Brazilian managed to stay out of injury trouble.
Over the years, fans have become worryingly accustomed to hearing about Kaka's numerous spells on the sideline.
Sadly, reoccurring knee problems have become a theme in Kaka's relatively short career.
However, with these issues now seemingly in the past, he can focus on producing some of the form that once made him the world's best.
According to the Mirror, Kaka's Madrid days are almost certainly over.
His boyhood club, Sao Paulo, were reportedly interested in a move for the attacking midfielder but have since pulled out of their pursuit.
In an interview with O Globo, Sao Paulo President, Paulo de Jesus Lopes claimed that
Kaka has decided to quit Madrid. He believes that England or remaining in Spain would be two interesting destinations for him. Sao Paulo can't afford him as his price tag is astronomical and out of the reality of Brazilian football.
Where Kaka will end up is anyone's best guess, but let's take a look at one of the Premier League clubs that could plausibly afford his services.
After slipping his way down the pecking order at Real, a rebirth at another one of Europe's top sides could be in order.
With a steady influx of fresh faces arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer, I wouldn't be surprised to see Roman Abramovich make another big-name signing.
The Russian billionaire is reportedly a huge fan of Kaka, and The Week speculates that a £30 million bid would be enough to bring him to England.
At one point, Arsenal looked like a possible destination, but it has been revealed that Chelsea are indeed the frontrunners in the race for his signature.
With Didier Drogba gone and Fernando Torres still a big question mark, Chelsea are in dire need of goals.
Something Kaka can deliver in droves if he can avoid the physios.