Kaká: The Key for Real Madrid To Move On in the UEFA Champions League

J BContributor IMarch 5, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 06: Kaka of Real Madrid  celebrates after scoring Real's first goal  of during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 6, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid C.F. currently appear to be between a rock and a hard place. With the recent injury to Cristiano Ronaldo and their previous track record against Olympique Lyonnais, it looks as if advancing past the UEFA Champions League round of 16 may be a pretty daunting task for Los Merengues—but don’t count them out just yet.

The injury to teammate Cristiano Ronaldo could possibly give Kaká a chance to show that he deserves to continue wearing a Real Madrid uniform and prove to any skeptics that he can be beneficial when his team needs him the most.

Ricardo Kaká has been slowly making his way back from knee surgery last summer and has promised Madrid fans that they still have not seen the best he has to offer. 

Since his official comeback in January, Kaká has given his fans hope by showing brief moments of his previous brilliance on the pitch, but it will take something more substantial for any concerns about last year’s flop to disappear.

Despite his injury and previous slump, Kaká would bring much needed experience and class to the pitch. José Mourinho cannot afford to leave him sitting on the bench—especially when the team’s leading scorer is out with a hamstring injury.

When he is at his best, he seems to be able to either strategically distribute the ball to his teammates where it is needed with pinpoint accuracy or beat any goalkeeper with a brilliant shot.

Madrid have previously been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Lyon.  In fact, the last three times these clubs have met, Real Madrid have been sent home with their tails between their legs.

Mourinho has already stated that Kaká was part of his plans—it’s just a matter of capitalizing on the opportunity.