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Now it’s official — Kaka signs for Real Madrid
They took their time getting there but Kaka is now officially a Real Madrid player.
The Spanish club and AC Milan issued statements at 0030 local time with the player due to hold a news conference in Brazil, where he is on international duty.
No figures have been given for one of the biggest transfers ever in soccer but it has been announced the 27-year-old has signed a six-year deal.
Media reckon the deal is around 68 million euros which puts it second in the list behind Zinedine Zidane’s 2001 move from Juventus to Real.
It’s tough to say if he is really worth that much. It’s difficult to say if any human being is worth so much, especially in current economic climes.
I’ve watched Kaka a lot in the last two seasons and he has not been as good as he was in 2007 when he inspired Milan to their seventh European Cup.
Niggling injuries haven’t helped but a move may reignite his passion.
Will Florentino Perez now up his efforts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery? Can he really pull it off or will he have to wait and bring in one Galactico each year like before?
Where this leaves Milan is unclear. The money will come in handy but top players are not coming to Serie A anymore. Kaka’s departure may give Ronaldinho more space to rediscover his form but if that doesn’t work, new rookie coach Leonardo has an enormous hole to fill.
PHOTO: Brazil’s Kaka celebrates a goal against Uruguay during their World Cup 2010 qualifying win in Montevideo, June 6, 2009. REUTERS/Pablo La Rosa