In his superb Milan days, he became effortlessly the high-quality Midfielder within the world and deservedly won the Ballon D’Or in 2007. Then real shook the world and brought him to Santiago Bernabeu for sixty-five million$. With Jose Mourinho inside the hot seat of RM, matters started to disintegrate. Upon his arrival, he became subject to diverse setbacks.
When Kaka and Ronaldo were signed by incoming Madrid president Florentino Perez, he also ushered in the need for immediate success from both individuals.
This wasn’t a concern for the latter. Ronaldo continues to fight for individual honours with Messi and will be remembered alongside his Argentinean counterpart as one of the all-time greats. For Kaka, a series of tragic occurrences meant that personal success in Madrid was never possible.
The decision of Kaka to represent his country at the 2010 World Cup may have ended his career one year after joining the Spanish team. Prolonged pain in the Brazilian’s knee forced him to undergo critical surgery upon his return to Madrid.
It was eight months before Kaka joined the competitive field of play for his club, despite initially thinking the process would hold him sidelined for four months.
The Madrid fans, who wanted the player to return immediately, were left with bad luck. As a replacement for Karim Benzema, Kaka returned on Jan. 3, 2011.
It didn’t take long for the player to have an impact: he laid on an outstanding assist six days later and scored in the 4-2 win over Villarreal.
The curse of Kaka’s knees struck once again just two months after his return, as intense pain was diagnosed as Iliotibial band syndrome in his left leg; swelling of the knee tissue that is normal in runners and athletes.
Although the initial lack of fitness of Kaka prompted Madrid to splash out on German playmaker Mesut Ozil in 2010, when the Brazilian was fit, many also expected former Werder Bremen to warm the bench.
With Kaka struggling, the performances of Ozil instantly created valuable objectives and assists for the side of Jose Mourinho.
As Kaka’s time on the sideline mounted, Ozil continued to impress. Kaka’s place was under significant threat, despite coming back from his second knee injury with two goals and outstanding performance against Valencia.
He was replaced on a regular basis and eventually saw his power decline.
This year, just 13 starts and 11 substitute appearances have massively underlined Kaka’s dwindling strength. Of course, he has managed to score four goals and generate four assists, but in many important matches, he does not have an impact.
He played just 45 minutes in the Champions League Round of 16 against Manchester United over both legs and was used in just 10 minutes during the two Champions League Round of 16.
Kaka’s Bernabeu career, while spectacular, will only be remembered for disappointment.
Reasons Why Kaka Failed To Impress At Real Madrid?
As the main reason why Kaka struggled at Madrid, the injury will probably be highlighted. In his first two seasons, the playmaker’s injury issues did not go down well with the supporters of Madrid, as they expected him to shine from the outset.
Since surgery on a long-standing left knee wound in 2010, he was out for eight months.
Later, with his playing time and availability, periodic injuries often hindered with Jose Mourinho looking at the likes of Jose Callejon and Gonzalo Higuain/Karim Benzema to begin on the wings in the absence of Di Maria. This is the main reason, if not any other reason, why he failed at Real Madrid.
#2. Rise Of Ozil
Ozil’s arrival meant that Kaka would no longer be the first choice. Ozil steadily took over the playmaker’s tag and was thus the preferred option for Jose Mourinho, initially brought in as a replacement for the injured Brazilian.
Ozil took very little time to settle in Spain, unlike Kaka, and soon began to contribute with support and critical objectives.
Kaka struggled to capitalize on the chances he was given and was hooked off near the hour mark several times.
#3. No Form
The former AC Milan star’s form was also affected by injuries and extended breaks from the game. He was struggling to reach the standard he played at the San Siro. As he found game time difficult to find, the impatience of the Madridistas irritated the Brazilian.
He did not bring in impressive performances while he starred, which were “promised” by his huge price tag.
In the past season, however, Kaka has found some of his form with excellent displays in a few games.
#5. Pressure Of The Price Tag
At Real Madrid, new signings are still under pressure to do their best. The Bernabeu crowd is restless and they’ve been asking the player a lot since his very first day. Like Ruud van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and previously Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo, many players who reacted positively to this pressure succeeded.
As he bore a lot of expectations and the injuries he sustained only added to the strain, Kaka was under enormous pressure to succeed from the beginning.
Nuri Sahin, too, is going through a similar thing as his teammate. So far, Sahin has not achieved outstanding results in the opportunities provided and runs the risk of being a benchwarmer for the 2012-13 season as well.
For sure, Kaka’s career at Real Madrid is one of the biggest “what if?” “Football of the last decade. Maybe when he arrived in La Liga, he was no longer in his peak years, but he was still an elite football player. Sadly, he could only offer glimpses of what he was able to do at his peak here and there, not on a daily basis.