Kaka cried when he left AC Milan for Real Madrid.
Simply put, the gazelle-like Brazilian did not want to quit the San Siro for the Bernabeu, even though Los Blancos had broken the bank to bring his services to Europe’s most successful club.
After all, it was at Milan where Kaka had become the best player in the world, and had won the Champions League and the hearts of the red half of the city.
He never quite managed to reach his best form for Madrid, and had been told during Jose Mourinho’s final season there that he was no longer need.
At first, Kaka was determined to stay and prove his doubters wrong.
And when Carlo Ancelotti arrived to replace The Special One, he hoped to recapture the form that he enjoyed when he played under the Italian so successfully for the Rossoneri.
But Ancelotti is a pragmatist, and as much as he loves Kaka, there is no place for the Brazilian in his first-team plans at Madrid.
New signings like Isco, Asier Illarramanedi and Gareth Bale mean that even Mesut Ozil is not guaranteed a starting berth at the Bernabeu, which does not augur well for Kaka.
Consequently, the veteran midfielder has finally decided it’s time for him to get away from Madrid.
Queue more tears, only this time tears of joy. Because Kaka is headed back home.
The Milan icon has reached a deal to return to the Rossoneri, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The Brazilian has accepted the proposal of [Milan vice-president Adriano] Galliani”, the paper claims. “Two years at €4million per year + bonuses.”
“It’s done,” La Gazzetta added. “Kaka is a Milan player again.”
Meanwhile, after Milan’s strong weekend win away at difficult Sicilian side Catania, manager Massimo Allegri hinted that he was pleased with Kaka’s impending arrival.
“He is a champion,” Allegri said of Kaka.
“If he comes, it will increase the technical level of the team, and the self-esteem of the group.”
Kaka’s legion of fans still believe that he has what it takes to star at the highest level, and that his classy talenst were not adequately appreciated at Madrid.
Perhaps if he can star again for Milan, Kaka can help them to join Napoli and perhaps Inter Milan as the major rivals to Juventus’ supremacy in the Serie A this season.
Kaka will wear the number 22 jersey again for Milan again, and could not hide his joy at his emotional return.
"I'm coming home! And now I get to live lots of new joyous moments with AC Milan,” he said.