Now it’s official — Kaka signs for Real Madrid

June 8, 2009

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

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Real Madrid will be the best in the world once again, thats the reason cause it was named by FIFA, the best soccer team in the las century.
Kaká, CR9, Ribery… they’re all almost signed.

Posted by Axel | Report as abusive

Oh Yeah
Try telling that to BARCELONA treble champions

Posted by Irishman | Report as abusive

Great. Go on Perez, buy those big names, just builds up to the humiliation that madrid will suffer again next season. If he doesn’t get the defense sorted, all the money will go down the drain with no use. CR7 is not going anywhere till fergy leaves. Ribery will join. “Kaka moved to help Milan”
Is this serious? Is this someway Kaka trying to cover up the “promise” he made to the milan fans? That he isn’t going anywhere?
Bull. If he wanted to help madrid he would of accepted that 100m from man city and made milan a happy club.

i tink its a good transfer but he will really be missed and he may not excel as expected. i wish him all the best. real needs a good coach to coordinate the bounch of stars perez is tring to bring together

KAKA’, CR7, RIBERY, IBRAHIMOVIC, D.VILLA, X.ALONSO, Good job Perez, keep going…

Posted by Shkodran | Report as abusive

I’m a big believer in history, and in history repeating itself. The Galacticos didn’t work the first time around; they won’t work this time around. It’s near impossible to blend all those egos, wallets and playing styles into a cohesive unit playing as one. Good luck Pellegrini; you’ll need it.
http://startingeleven.blogspot.com/2009/ 06/kaka-moves-to-real-madrid-perez.html

Let’s hope they don’t all hate each other like the last galacticos era. And I bet milan are upset they let Gourcuff go. That was foolish

Posted by Clement | Report as abusive

[...] the past few days he has pledged 162 million euros in transfer fees alone to sign Kaka from AC Milan and Manchester United’s Cristiano [...]

I don’t think Real Madrid will do it next season. It’s very clear they have an all star team a couple of seasons ago but none of them shined as expected. You can’t have Kaka and Ronaldo in the same team.

I think kaka will be alright and will get along with real madrid, because it is easy for him to experience a new life in another club.

Posted by Mason Chan | Report as abusive