Kaka has to be one of the greatest players never to have played Premier League football. Despite persistent rumours over the years linking him with moves to Chelsea or Manchester City the fact remains, as time goes by, the idea of Kaka ever playing Premier League football seems to be dead in the water.
Which for me, a personal fan of the talismanic Brazilian is a real shame, but what does the future hold for the handsome Brazilian winner of Best Footballer in the World before the Messi-era in 2007.
Well according to some reports he could be on his way to America to Orlando City.
And no, you should not be ashamed to admit that you have never heard of the team.
The Florida side currently play their football in the USL Pro league; the third tier of United States professional soccer.
But they have big ambitions; as evident by some of their playing staff and the dream that is Kaka.
Formed in 2010 from the re-placement of the Austin Aztex the club has come on leaps and bounds and are currently managed by former Stoke City and Everton striker, as well as former head coach at Burnley, Adrian Heath.
His links with the English game have seen him bring in players such as Anthony, son of Tony, Pulis and former Burnley stalwart James O’Connor.
But it is one of the clubs owners who is said to hold the key to Kaka’s potential arrival.
Flavio Augusto da Silva is a Brazilian billionaire who made his fortune in a fast-track English language teaching course business at the age of 21. He is said to be a good friend of Kaka and the Real Madrid player even holidayed in Florida this summer; meeting up with da Silva no doubt.
While Kaka maintains a desire to one day play in Brazil again that may not be a problem. Orlando have no desire to pay a transfer fee for the player so are instead said to be waiting until his contract at Madrid expires in 2015; by which time they also hope to have become a Major League Soccer team.
Kaka may very well earn back his first-team spot at the Bernabeu under former AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti; but if not he could always spend time out on loan in his homeland.
The likelihood is no team is going to pay a fee that Real Madrid will consider competitive for a player, who admittedly has seen better days physically, so he is likely to be leaving for free in 2015.
And it is not beyond the realms of possibility that this ambitious American outfit could snap him up.
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