Former World Cup winner Kaka has spoken of his relationship with current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and the influence the Portuguese coach had on his career.
The duo were together a Real Madrid whilst Los Blancos president Florentino Perez was in the midst of shaping up his second Galactico era at the club.
Kaka joined the Madrid giants for a reported €68.5 million in the summer of 2009 and Jose Mourinho followed a year later.
The 32-year-old, however, never regained his form which won him the Ballon d’Or with Milan in 2007 and Portuguese coach Mourinho often left him out of the Real Madrid XI – favouring the likes of Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria.
Despite his decline on the field, Kaka felt that self-proclaimed Special One had a positive impact on his life and told reporters yesterday how the Blues boss helped him mature into a man.
“He was a person who helped me grow. He helped me have patience, perseverance and to fight and respect the decisions of the coach.” He said, quoted by the Spanish newspaper AS.
“For that I have a very good relationship with him. He helped me mature. There was a phase where I went from a youngster to an adult and in this difficult moment I went through it with Mourinho.”
Kaka made a total of 120 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid, scoring 29 goals and helping the club win La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and the Supercopa.
After a brief return to previous club Milan, the Brazilian star recently joined MLS franchise Orlando City before heading back to first-club Sao Paolo on a loan deal until 2015.