There is an element every footballer will tell you can play a decisive role in a player’s career.
That is, of course, luck.
It’s fair to say Kaka has had little or none since he first started wearing Madrid’s white. First, he was sidelined with a recurring knee injury, which meant he wasn't straight away a regular starter for Real. Ever since, he has struggled to land a spot in Madrid’s starting XI.
His latest bout of bad luck came in his last game for Los Blancos against Osasuna. Coming on as a substitute, he lasted just over 15 minutes before being sent off for two yellow card offences. There was definitely a part of foolishness on the player’s behalf, but he will still feel hard done by the referee’s decision.
Finally, although as a professional Kaka would most likely never wish ill to any of his teammates, sometimes one man's bad luck can make another’s fortune.
With the signing of Luka Modric, Kaka seems like he isn’t even the first backup choice in midfield. However, this season has proven to be a roller coaster of injuries and suspensions for Madrid and you never know when he might have to step in.
Just ask Raphaël Varane, Antonio Adán or even Diego López if back in August they thought they would play an important part in such a crucial period of Real’s season.
If he is called upon, add a little bit of extra luck for him to hit form, and it could be his best chance at silencing his critics.