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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kaka

Brazil legend Kaka still has many fans around the world and the 2002 World Cup champion has been selected as the next player in our 5 Things feature.

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The 32-year-old recently snubbed Lionel Messi for his dream team and is one of the major stars of the current MLS season, but here are five things which you may have or may not have known about the attacking midfielder.

1) Kaka was born in 1982, on 22 April in Brasilia. He started to play tennis, but he decided to focus on football. Unlike many other Brazilian footballers, he had a financially-secure upbringing. His younger brother Rodrigo (best known as Digao) and cousin Eduardo Delani also play professionally football.

2) His younger brother Digao used to call  him "Caca" due to his inability to pronounce "Ricardo" when they were young. That's where his nickname Kaka came from. In a lot of languages, Kaka actually means poop.

3) Kaká began his career with São Paulo at the age of eight. He signed a contract at fifteen. AC Milan signed him for €8.25million in 2003, a sum that owner Silvio Berlusconi described a few years ago as "peanuts". In summer 2009, Kaka completed his transfer to Real Madrid for €65 million deal and became part of  "new galacticos". Following stints back at Milana and Sao Paulo, he now plays with Orlando City FC in the MLS.

4) Just before his career kicked off, Kaká suffered a career-threatening and possibly paralysis-inducing spinal fracture as a result of a swimming pool accident at the age of 18. He made a full recovery and says God saved his life.

5) He is the last player to win the Ballon d’Or before the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi reign began. He won the award ahead of Messi and Ronaldo in second and third place respectively.

Read: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Neymar

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