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As Kaká hangs up his boots, a pictorial look back at his career

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The player joined the Sao Paolo youth system at the age of 8

Kaka made his debut for the Sao Paulo first team in 2001 playing 27 goals abd bagging 12 goals.

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In his second season with the Serie A outfit Kaká played 22 games notching 10 goals.

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He moved to AC Milan in 2003 for a fee of eight and a half million dollars.

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In his first season in Serie A he bagged 10 goals in 30 games winning the Scudetto & UEFA Super Cup

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He played his first Champions League final in 2007 with a 2-1 over Liverpool.

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The win over Liverpool saw him become the first Brazilian player to ever win the Champions League

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In December 2007 AC Milan defeated Boca Juniors in the Club World Cup

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2007 was possibly Kaka's best season and culminated with the Brazilian winning the Ballon d'OR.

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He was the last player to win the award before the Cristiano Ronaldo/Lionel Messi domination.

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In June 2009 he signed for Real Madrid for a fee of 65 million euro and more than 50.000 fans turned up at the Bernabéu for his presentation ceremony.

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A bright start to the 09-10 season was soon hampered by a series of injuries which plagued the player during his time in the Spanish capital.

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He bagged a Copa del Rey winners medal in 2011

In December 2012 he became the highest scoring Brazilian in the history of the Champions League with 29 goals

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In September 2013 he returned to AC Milan after a pact between Real Madrid and the Serie A side on a two season deal

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He bagged his 100th goal in a Milan shirt in January 2014

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In June 2013 he moved to MLS side Orlando City

He made his MLS debut in 2015 scoring as the Florida based franchise faced New York City FC. His last game in the purple shirt was in October 2017

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Kaká made his international debut with Brazil in 2002 and was part of the WC winning squad the same year.

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He was instrumental in Brazil's 2009 Confederations Cup win

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