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  • Gama, Federal District, Brazil
    Thursday Apr 22, 1982

    Birth

    Gama, Federal District, Brazil
    Thursday Apr 22, 1982

    Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite was born in Gama, Federal District, to Simone dos Santos, an elementary school teacher, and Bosco Izecson Pereira Leite, a civil engineer.




  • São Paulo, Brazil
    1990

    Began his career

    São Paulo, Brazil
    1990

    Kaká began his career with São Paulo at the age of eight.




  • São Paulo, Brazil
    2000

    Recovery from God

    São Paulo, Brazil
    2000

    At the age of 18, Kaká suffered a career-threatening and possibly paralysis-inducing spinal fracture as a result of a swimming pool accident, but made a full recovery. He attributes his recovery to God and has since tithed his income to his church.




  • São Paulo, Brazil
    Thursday Feb 01, 2001

    Senior side debut

    São Paulo, Brazil
    Thursday Feb 01, 2001

    He made his senior side debut on 1 February 2001 and scored 12 goals in 27 appearances, in addition to leading São Paulo to its first and only Torneio Rio-São Paulo championship, in which he scored two goals in two minutes as a substitute against Botafogo in the final, which São Paulo won 2–1.




  • Brazil
    Thursday Jan 31, 2002

    International debut

    Brazil
    Thursday Jan 31, 2002

    He made his debut for the senior Brazil squad in a friendly match against Bolivia on 31 January 2002.




  • Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    Sunday Jun 30, 2002

    World Cup 2002

    Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    Sunday Jun 30, 2002

    Kaka won World Cup 2002




  • Milan, Italy
    2003

    2003 Season

    Milan, Italy
    2003

    His Serie A debut was in a 2–0 win over Ancona. He scored ten goals in 30 appearances that season, also providing several important assists, such as the cross which led to Shevchenko's title-deciding headed goal, as Milan won the Scudetto and the UEFA Super Cup, whilst finishing as runner up in the Intercontinental Cup and the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana.


  • Milan, Italy
    Sunday Sep 14, 2003

    To Milan

    Milan, Italy
    Sunday Sep 14, 2003

    The steady European interest in Kaká culminated in his signing with the European champions, Italian club A.C. Milan, in 2003 for a fee of reported €8.5 million, described in retrospect as "peanuts" by club owner Silvio Berlusconi. Within a month, he cracked the starting lineup, replacing Rui Costa in the attacking midfield playmaking position, behind strikers Jon Dahl Tomasson, Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko.


  • Milan, Italy
    Sunday Apr 09, 2006

    First Rossoneri hat-trick

    Milan, Italy
    Sunday Apr 09, 2006

    On 9 April 2006, he scored his first Rossoneri hat-trick against Chievo, with all three goals scored in the second half.


  • Milan, Italy
    Thursday Nov 02, 2006

    First Champions League hat-trick

    Milan, Italy
    Thursday Nov 02, 2006

    On 2 November 2006, he scored his first Champions League hat-trick in a 4–1 group stage win over the Belgian side Anderlecht.


  • Athens, Greece
    Wednesday May 23, 2007

    Won the Champions League

    Athens, Greece
    Wednesday May 23, 2007

    Kaká won the Champions League title when Milan defeated Liverpool 2–1 on 23 May 2007, avenging the previous loss on penalties two years before.


  • Milan, Italy
    Thursday Aug 30, 2007

    UEFA Club Footballer of the Year

    Milan, Italy
    Thursday Aug 30, 2007

    On 30 August, Kaká was named by UEFA as both the top forward of the 2006–07 Champions League season and UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, as well as being named as part of the UEFA Team of the Year for the second time.


  • Monaco, France
    Friday Aug 31, 2007

    UEFA Super Cup

    Monaco, France
    Friday Aug 31, 2007

    Milan began its 2007–08 season by winning the UEFA Super Cup on 31 August, defeating Sevilla 3–1, with Kaká scoring the third goal.


  • Milan, Italy
    Sunday Sep 30, 2007

    200th career match with Milan

    Milan, Italy
    Sunday Sep 30, 2007

    He played his 200th career match with Milan in a 1–1 home draw with Catania on 30 September, scoring from a penalty


  • Milan, Italy
    Friday Oct 05, 2007

    2006–07 FIFPro World Player of the Year

    Milan, Italy
    Friday Oct 05, 2007

    On 5 October, he was named the 2006–07 FIFPro World Player of the Year, and was elected as part of the FIFPro World XI for the second time in his career.


  • Paris, France
    Sunday Dec 02, 2007

    The Ballon d'Or

    Paris, France
    Sunday Dec 02, 2007

    On 2 December 2007, Kaká became the eighth Milan player to win the Ballon d'Or, as he finished with a decisive 444 votes, well ahead of runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo.


  • Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    Sunday Dec 16, 2007

    The FIFA Club World Cup

    Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    Sunday Dec 16, 2007

    On 16 December, Kaká won the FIFA Club World Cup against Boca Juniors, scoring Milan's third goal of the match in a 4–2 victory which allowed them to be crowned World Champions.


  • Milan, Italy
    Monday Dec 17, 2007

    2007 FIFA World Player of the Year

    Milan, Italy
    Monday Dec 17, 2007

    On 17 December, Kaká was voted the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year with 1,047 votes, ahead of Lionel Messi with 504 and Cristiano Ronaldo with 426.


  • Milan, Italy
    Jan, 2008

    2007 Serie A Footballer of the Year

    Milan, Italy
    Jan, 2008

    In January 2008, Kaká was also named the 2007 Serie A Footballer of the Year, winning the award for the second time in his career.


  • Milan, Italy
    Friday Feb 29, 2008

    A Contract extension

    Milan, Italy
    Friday Feb 29, 2008

    He signed a contract extension through 2013 with Milan on 29 February 2008.


  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Tuesday Oct 14, 2008

    Sidewalk of fame

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Tuesday Oct 14, 2008

    On 14 October, he cast his footprints into the Estádio do Maracanã's sidewalk of fame, in a section dedicated to the memory of the country's top players.


  • Milan, Italy
    Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

    A Bid from Manchester City

    Milan, Italy
    Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

    BBC reported on 13 January 2009 that Manchester City made a bid for Kaká for over £100 million.


  • Milan, Italy
    Monday Jan 19, 2009

    Officially ended the bid

    Milan, Italy
    Monday Jan 19, 2009

    On 19 January, Silvio Berlusconi announced that Manchester City had officially ended their bid after a discussion between the clubs, and that Kaká would remain with Milan.


  • Milan, Italy
    Wednesday Jun 03, 2009

    Real Madrid Offer

    Milan, Italy
    Wednesday Jun 03, 2009

    On 3 June 2009, it was reported that newly elected Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez had offered to buy Kaká from Milan for a reported €68.5 million.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Monday Jun 08, 2009

    To Madrid

    Madrid, Spain
    Monday Jun 08, 2009

    On 8 June, Milan and Real Madrid confirmed Kaká's move to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on a six-year deal for €67 million fee.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Tuesday Jun 30, 2009

    Real Madrid Player

    Madrid, Spain
    Tuesday Jun 30, 2009

    Kaká was unveiled as a Real Madrid player on 30 June 2009.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Wednesday Aug 19, 2009

    First goal for Madrid

    Madrid, Spain
    Wednesday Aug 19, 2009

    He scored his first goal for Madrid during a pre-season match on 19 August 2009, in a 5–0 victory against Borussia Dortmund.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Saturday Aug 29, 2009

    League Debut

    Madrid, Spain
    Saturday Aug 29, 2009

    Kaká later made his league debut in Madrid on 29 August 2009 in a 3–2 win against Deportivo de La Coruña.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Thursday Aug 05, 2010

    Left knee injury

    Madrid, Spain
    Thursday Aug 05, 2010

    On 5 August 2010, Real Madrid announced that Kaká had undergone a successful surgery on a long-standing left knee injury and would face up to four months on the sidelines.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Mar, 2011

    Iliotibial band syndrome

    Madrid, Spain
    Mar, 2011

    In March 2011, Kaká suffered from Iliotibial band syndrome, which kept him sidelined for a few weeks.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Wednesday Aug 29, 2012

    Supercopa de España

    Madrid, Spain
    Wednesday Aug 29, 2012

    Real Madrid began the 2012–13 season by winning the Supercopa de España against rivals Barça.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Tuesday Dec 04, 2012

    The top Brazilian goalscorer in Champions League history

    Madrid, Spain
    Tuesday Dec 04, 2012

    On 4 December 2012, after scoring in a 4–1 win against Ajax, Kaká became the top Brazilian goalscorer in Champions League history, with 28 goals.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Thursday Aug 29, 2013

    Expressed his desire to leave Real Madrid

    Madrid, Spain
    Thursday Aug 29, 2013

    On 29 August 2013, Kaká expressed his desire to leave Real Madrid, having scored 29 goals and provided 32 assists in 120 appearances in all competitions over four seasons at the club.


  • Milan, Italy
    Monday Sep 02, 2013

    Back to Milan

    Milan, Italy
    Monday Sep 02, 2013

    Milan confirmed that Kaká would join the club on 2 September 2013 from Real Madrid on a free transfer with only performance-related incentives owed to Madrid; after agreeing to personal terms, he signed a two-year contract.


  • Milan, Italy
    Saturday Mar 29, 2014

    300th match for Milan

    Milan, Italy
    Saturday Mar 29, 2014

    On 29 March 2014, Kaká scored twice in a 3–0 win against Chievo, his 300th match for Milan.


  • Milan, Italy
    Monday Jun 30, 2014

    Kaká had his Milan contract terminated

    Milan, Italy
    Monday Jun 30, 2014

    On 30 June 2014, Kaká had his Milan contract terminated through mutual consent despite having a year remaining, by activating a release clause as a result of the team not qualifying for European competitions.


  • São Paulo, Brazil
    Thursday Jul 03, 2014

    To São Paulo

    São Paulo, Brazil
    Thursday Jul 03, 2014

    On 3 July 2014, Kaká arrived at São Paulo and began training the next day.


  • Florida, U.S.
    Jan, 2015

    Designated Player

    Florida, U.S.
    Jan, 2015

    Kaka joined future MLS franchise Orlando City as their first Designated Player.


  • Florida, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 08, 2015

    Draw on his MLS debut

    Florida, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 08, 2015

    On 8 March 2015, Kaká scored a free kick for the equaliser in a 1–1 draw on his MLS debut against New York City FC at the Citrus Bowl, the first in Orlando City's competitive history.


  • Florida, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 17, 2017

    Retirement

    Florida, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 17, 2017

    Kaká announced his retirement on 17 December 2017, after turning down offers from former clubs São Paulo and Milan. He also expressed interest in working as a director, confirming that his former club Milan had offered him a role.


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