Kaka has announced his retirement from professional football, saying “I’m now ready for the next journey.”
The former Brazil international has been linked with a return to AC Milan where he won the Champions League, Serie A and the Ballon d’Or during the peak of his career.
He was back at the San Siro last month, taking in the Rossoneri ‘s 5-1 Europa League win over Austria Vienna after spending the day visiting the club’s new headquarters and meeting with the Serie A club’s new owners.
During those meetings, there was talk of him being offered a director’s role, but he did not commit at that time due to uncertainty over whether he would continue playing.
“I need to sort out my personal situation first,” he told Sky Sport Italia at the time. “I’ve given myself a few months to decide what I need to do.
I did not want to decide before the end of the season and I want to make up my mind with calm. Then, if I do decide to stop playing, I will consider my future.
“Certainly Milan are a possibility, especially now the doors are open for me. My relationship with this club is excellent. It’s an indescribable emotion for me to be here in Milan these days, I can’t explain it.
“I’m loving being in the city and it’s bringing back lots of memories of my life and my career. It’s hard to explain.”
He has now confirmed his retirement on his official Twitter account, saying: “Father, It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Kaka joined Orlando City from Milan in 2014 and spent three seasons with the club before departing earlier this year.