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Kaka: A Footballer of Style and Sophistication

Brazil have had some truly phenomenal players over the years. From that Carlos Alberto goal in the 1970 World Cup final to Ronaldinho’s dazzling feet in more recent times, the five-time World Cup winners have been blessed with quality. Football in Brazil isn’t just a sport, it is a religion and nobody personifies Brazilian football more than Kaka.

At the ripe old age of 35, Kaka is still performing at a high level. Although he is now plying his trade in the United States, Major League Soccer is improving on a yearly basis and some of the biggest names in the sport have moved to the division in the past decade. Orlando City will feel blessed to have somebody of Kaka’s experience and quality on their roster.

Incredibly, Kaka was named in Major League Soccer’s All-Star team – an immense feat at his age. However, it just shows how respected Kaka is amongst both his peers and MLS fans in general. He may be an Orlando City player by trade but his accomplishments on the biggest stage demand respect. Kaka might not be able to glide past players as easily as he could in his heyday but he is still a major threat in central midfield.

Like so many before him, Kaka’s role has changed with age. In his prime, he was the driving force in midfield for an excellent AC Milan side – a side that would win both domestic and continental trophies. Nowadays, he takes a slightly more conservative role in the middle of the park but he still has a major influence in attack. If you are looking for a creative genius to thread a delicate through ball, Kaka is still your man.

According to WhoScored, the Brazilian has started nine games for Orlando City this season – scoring three goals and recording three assists. Looking directly at his statistics, Kaka is still capable of holding his own at Major League Soccer level and The Lions will be forever grateful for his impact so shortly after the club’s formation. In time, Orlando City may well go on to win silverware and Kaka will know that he helped lay the foundations for future success.

Who knows, Jason Kreis’ men might even compete for MLS glory this season. Orlando are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference; just five points behind third placed New York City FC. With Kaka steering the ship and avoiding any lengthy injuries, The Lions might challenge for silverware. As of July 21st, Orlando are 20/1 to win the MLS Cup this season – Kaka will be keen to lead the franchise to a trophy before departing.

Winning soccer’s ultimate prize might be a little far-fetched considering Orlando’s start to the campaign but one thing is for sure: plenty of punters will be including Kaka’s side in their accumulators throughout the summer. With no European football, there is a greater focus on the Major League Soccer season and tipster pages, such as Footy Accumulators, provide the latest offers here on American fixtures.

Kaka still oozes elegance and class on the football field and that is what stands him out from some of his compatriots. Rivaldo, often widely labelled as one of the most talented Brazilian players in the modern era, damaged his reputation with some of his play acting antics but you will never find Kaka doing any of that. He is a real gentleman of the game and he will go down in history as one of Brazil’s finest central midfielders.

He is often overlooked by football fans and historians when comparing him to some of the great Brazilians but Kaka has lived through one of the toughest eras. With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dominating the football universe, Kaka’s era as the best in the business has been cast aside. The fact that he is still performing at an elite level is not only testament to his natural ability but the way in which he has looked after himself for such a prolonged spell.