Kaka Discusses Potential AC Milan Return Amid Retirement Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 23, 2017

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 04:  Ricardo Kaka  of AC Milan looks on during the Serie A match between AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 4, 2014 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Kaka has conceded he's still undecided on whether to retire from football after playing his last game for Orlando City, with the former Brazil star having been offered a return to AC Milan in a directorial capacity.

The attacking midfielder, 35, ended his three-year spell in Major League Soccer in October, and he recently spoke of the chance to return to the San Siro with Milan in an interview with Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Goal):

"I have to decide whether to play again or not, because from now on this will be my life. That's what I told Marco Fassone [Milan managing director]. Getting closer to Milan is beautiful and I know now there is a chance to stay close to Milan, for now it is a hypothetical situation.

"I think the idea at Milan is clear for everyone: to bring them back to being a big team in Italy and Europe. I am always in love with Milan, the relationship with the team, with the club and with these fans is beautiful. It's weird for a Brazilian to have a relationship like that with an Italian club."

Kaka said his final game with Orlando "could have been the last one to be a professional" before adding he needs time to think about his future:

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Milan were the first European club Kaka represented, and he spent six years at the San Siro after joining from Sao Paulo in 2003, going on to win the UEFA Champions League, Serie A title and a FIFA Club World Cup.

He enjoyed the most successful years of his career in Italy, and the Rossoneri recently released footage of their former icon touring the venue on a friendly visit to his old stamping ground:

The club is in dire straits by comparison these days, though. Manager Vincenzo Montella's side sit seventh in Serie A and have failed to finish among the division's top five since ending the 2012-13 campaign in third.

It was during his time at Milan that Kaka won the 2007 Ballon d'Or, and some of the South American's records still stand, per ESPN Stats & Info:

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Neymar's 2 goals in the first half against Celtic give him 27 in his Champions League career, tied for 2nd-most by a Brazilian player with Rivaldo. Only Kaká (30) has more. https://t.co/txZXEM3p4e

Kaka may see himself as having some unfinished business at the club, too, after he returned to the San Siro from Real Madrid in September 2013, only to leave less than a year later after they failed to qualify for European competition.

To have such a celebrated figure back within their ranks would be a major boost to all at the club, including the boardroom, the players and, perhaps most of all, the fans.


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