It´s not a plea­sure to play any­more – Kaka

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

For­mer AC Mi­lan star Kaka has ad­mit­ted he is close to call­ing time on his play­ing ca­reer. The 35-year-old is ap­proach­ing the end of his con­tract with Or­lando City but is said to have held talks with the MLS side over an ex­ten­sion.

How­ever, the 2007 Bal­lon d’Or-win­ner says he no longer en­joys play­ing as he used to, claim­ing his body is un­able to with­stand the rigours of the game.

“It will come soon,” he told Globo Es­porte when asked about his re­tire­ment. “It’s not a plea­sure to play any­more be­cause I suf­fer a lot of pain at the end of a match.

“My body is telling me I’m 35 and it’s not what it once was.” Kaka, who won Serie A ti­tles and the Cham­pi­ons League with Mi­lan be­fore claim­ing LaLiga with Real Madrid, has set his sights on em­u­lat­ing Zine­dine Zi­dane when he brings his play­ing ca­reer to an end.

The Madrid head coach has en­joyed huge suc­cess in a rel­a­tively short spell in the dugout, win­ning back-to-back Cham­pi­ons Leagues and last sea­son’s do­mes­tic ti­tle among a host of other honours.

“It’s a good idea to do what he’s done, to com­plete the coach­ing courses and to start with the lower age groups,” added Kaka, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil.

“I’d like to do that, too.” Kaka’s com­ments come after for­mer Mi­lan team-mate An­drea Pirlo con­firmed he will re­tire when his con­tract with New York City ex­pires in De­cem­ber.

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