Kaka's Departure from Real Madrid Is a Warning to Gareth Bale

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentSeptember 2, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 02:  Gareth Bale poses for photographs in his new Real Madrid shirt during his official unveiling at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 2, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Kaka's Real Madrid nightmare hasn't deterred Gareth Bale from completing an £85.3 million (€100 million) transfer to Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur, as reported by BBC Sport

Not even Real manager Carlo Ancelotti, who managed Kaka during his heyday at AC Milan, could change the Brazilian's mind.

"Things are difficult for me in the team and the club knows what I want," he said, via Marca. "I want to leave." 

While Florentino Perez parades Bale around, Kaka was whisked away on a free transfer back to AC Milan, as per AC Milan's official website

"Run Ricky run!"

From €65 million to €0; FIFA World Player of the Year to benchwarmer; hero to zero. 

You're wrong if you think Kaka was an utter failure at Real.

He scored and created a combined 67 goals in 120 games at 0.55 goals scored/created per game (per WhoScored).

Whilst at Milan, it was 142 combined goals in 262 games at 0.54 goals scored/created per game. 

There's hardly any difference. 

You know the two key points Kaka detractors never bring up?

  • 97 of his 120 games for Los Blancos were sub-affected. 
  • He bounced back from a career-debilitating injury. 

"It could have finished his career because it's a very serious injuryit could have destroyed him," said Marc Martens, Kaka's surgeon, from Marca via ESPN FC. "Thank God he has had the operation at the crucial moment and everything has turned out wonderfully."

The one fair criticism you can level at Kaka is him not living up to his transfer fee. 

However, he was a consummate professional in the face of character testing times: persistent injuries, the rise of Mesut Ozil and being treated with disdain by Jose Mourinho. 

Kaka was on top of the footballing totem pole when he arrived at Real.

Look at him now—being shooed away to Milan where he's expected to support Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy, who aspire every game to emulate Kaka's dominance over Manchester United in 2007.  

 

Bale's Absurd Transfer Fee

Cristiano Ronaldo was a FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or recipient at Manchester United. 

Bale doesn't have these accolades. 

He gets the benefit of the doubt for not winning anything being a Spurs and Welsh footballer. Ronaldo came to Real as a three-time Premier League and one-time Champions League winner. 

Yet, Florentino Perez believes Bale is £5.3 million more expensive than Ronaldo.

Bale shouldn't even be in the ballpark of Ronaldo's transfer fee, let alone surpassing it. 

You know how many shots per league game Ronaldo averages right now? Nine. 

Bale should get used to life without free kicks, penalties and long-range shots because instead of being the man like he was at Spurs, he'll just be another guy at Real.  

This is what Kaka experienced and what Bale will endure. 

 

 

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