With superstar Kaka set to be officially announced as the first-ever Designated Player for MLS expansion side Orlando City today, hundreds of fans turned up at the airport to hail the midfield playmaker's arrival last night.
After months of speculation, the 32-year-old finally terminated his contract with AC Milan on Monday to pave the way for his move to the Florida-based outfit, being greeted by the club’s president Phil Rawlins and Brazilian co-owner Flavio Augusto da Silva upon touching down in Orlando.
With Orlando City set to begin play in MLS for the 2015 season, Kaka is expected to be loaned out to home club Sao Paulo for the next six months, before returning in January for pre-season training.
Kaka is past his prime, but he is a Milan legend who was a key figure in their success both in Serie A and in the Champions League in the early 2000s.
Having joined the Italian club from Sao Paulo in 2003, the Brazil international went on to help the Rossoneri to Scudetto success in 2004 and Champions League triumph three years later.
Kaka won the 2007 Ballon d'Or award and moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, but he failed to hit his stride in the Spanish capital and returned to Milan last summer.