Kaka can only get his career back on track by making a return to A.C. Milan.
The Brazilian midfielder has been a disappointment at Real Madrid ever since making his almost £60 million transfer in 2009. Kaka could be receiving a reprieve as Nadia Carminati of Sky Sports reported both Madrid and Milan are continuing discussions for a possible transfer.
He was once regarded as one of the best players in the world. Through injuries and ineffectiveness, Kaka has only managed to make 105 competitive appearances at the Santiago Bernabeu. His future doesn't look any brighter, either.
Even Jose Mourinho has said that Kaka would be better off at Milan (h/t Marca): "We haven't seen the best of Kaká at Real Madrid. The most important thing is that he's happy and AC Milan could be the place for him to be."
The odds might be against a return, but the same could have been said about Mario Balotelli's move to the San Siro as well.
Kaka was a player who relied on his physical gifts to join the elite of the world. Injuries have somewhat robbed him of those supreme physical abilities. Therefore, he would benefit from the slightly slower game in Italy.
In order to strengthen his place on the Brazil national team, Kaka needs to play regular first-team football. It's not enough for him to come off the bench constantly.
You can't blame Mourinho for freezing him out with how many better midfielders he can throw out on the pitch right now.
Should he move to Milan, Kaka has a much better chance to become a fixture in the first team. Max Allegri would be willing to let Kaka drive the attack.
At 30 years old, the midfielder will never reclaim his place as the best player in the world. But he still has the tools to be a very good player.
In addition to the benefits it would give to Kaka, the transfer would be a huge boon to Milan.
The Rossoneri relied heavily on veteran players to reach the summit of European football. The problem is, those players are now gone.
Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo, Paolo Maldini, Gennaro Gattuso and Alessandro Nesta were all fantastic leaders for Milan. No club would be able to replace that kind of production and experience.
Right now, too few players on the squad have the kind of connection to the club that can only be formed over the course of years.
Bringing in Kaka would immediately address this issue. He spent only six years in Milan, but he is widely regarded as a club legend.
It would almost be a return home for Kaka. After everything he's gone through at Madrid, he deserves it.