Five of the best goals from AC Milan's latest 100 club member

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Kaka joined an illustrious list of players to have reached 100 goals for the Rossoneri with his strike against Atalanta earlier today.

Kaka scored his 100th goal for AC Milan this afternoon as part of an excellently-taken brace in his side's 3-0 win over Atalanta.

It was a vintage strike on the counter attack from the Brazilian magician, who collected Urby Emanuelson's ball to the left of the 18-yard area before cutting onto his favoured right foot and bending a finish into the far corner.

It was just the latest in a series of wonderful strikes from a player who will go down in Rossoneri folklore and caps off a thus far impressive second spell at the San Siro after re-joining the club from Real Madrid in the summer.

Here, we list five of Kaka's finest from his century of goals.

Brazil 1-0 Croatia (2006 World Cup group game, Jun 13 2006)

One of the pre-tournament favourites, Brazil laboured to a narrow win over a plucky Croatian outfit but when the goal did come, it was a moment of magic from Kaka that undid all of their good work.

Receiving the ball some 30 yards from goal, the playmaker wriggled clear of two challenges before getting the ball out from under his feet and releasing a rocket which flew beyond the hapless dive of Stipe Pletikosa.

 

AC Milan 4-1 Deportivo La Coruna (Champions League quarter-final first leg, Mar 24 2004)

Milan found themselves 1-0 down early on thanks to Walter Pandiani's strike but Kaka inspired his side to a stunning turnaround with four goals in the space of eight minutes.

Kaka grabbed a brace, but it was his first that was crucial and sensational in equal measure. When Cafu advanced down the right and supplied a cross for his fellow Brazilian, Kaka still had plenty to do. His touch, though, was perfect and the volley even better, crashing home into the bottom right-hand corner. Ultimately, however, his goal and Milan's performance would be overshadowed by La Coruna's own stirring fightback in the second leg as the Spaniards progressed.

 

Manchester United 3-2 AC Milan (Champions League semi-final first leg, Apr 24 2007) 

United may have taken the first leg spoils but Kaka was the best player on the pitch, epitomised by his opening goal of the evening. Chasing a long ball, the playmaker squeezed between the colliding Gabriel Heinze and Patrice Evra, embarrassing both in the process, before slipping the perfect finish beyond Edwin Van der Sar. It was composed and effortless at the same time but he was temporarily upstaged by Wayne Rooney's last-minute winner.

 

AC Milan 3-0 Manchester United (Champions League semi-final second leg, May 2 2007)

Kaka was once again instrumental and scored his third of the tie early on to set the tone for a dominant display at the San Siro. The goal itself was fairly simple, a skidding left-foot shot which was perfectly executed beyond the reach of the exposed Van der Sar but the close control he displayed in working the space for himself was exemplary and led his side to the Champions League final through his 10th goal in that season's competition.

 

Brazil 3-0 Argentina (Friendly International, Sept 3 2006)

One of the most memorable aspects to this goal was the fact it was Lionel Messi who Kaka robbed on his way to capping off a comprehensive win over the Argentines' continental rivals.

Kaka set up Elano's second goal before embarking on a bamboozling run through the heart of the Argentinian side, racing past the last line of defence before rolling the ball calmly underneath the onrushing Roberto Abbondanzieri. A truly magnificent solo strike from a magnificent servant to both his club and national side.

 

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