Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Owing to his performances as a playmaker at Milan, Kaká is widely considered one of the best players of his generation. With success at club and international level, he is one of eight players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d'Or. Kaká made his professional club debut at age 18 at São Paulo in Brazil in 2001. After being named to the Bola de Ouro as the best player in the 2002 Campeonato Brasileiro, he joined Serie A club Milan for a fee of €8.5 million in 2003. In Italy, Kaká won a league title and was named the Serie A Footballer of the Year twice. In 2005, Milan finished runners up in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final with Kaká as the top assist provider of the tournament, and named the UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year.
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Attacking midfielder who was born Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, he won both the the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2007 as a member of AC Milan. He played for Real Madrid from 2009 to 2013 and began his long career with the Brazilian national team in 2002.
He played tennis and club soccer when he was eight years old, and signed his first professional contract when he was 15 with Sao Paulo.
In 2007, he won both the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup with AC Milan.
He grew up with a younger brother and cousin who also went on to become professional footballers. He had two children with Caroline Celico, whom he was married to from 2005 to 2015.
He played alongside forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Real Madrid.
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