“I feel pain after every match” – Kaka wants to follow Zidane’s...

“I feel pain after every match” – Kaka wants to follow Zidane’s footsteps into coaching


Veteran Brazilian Kaka has revealed that he would like to follow Zinedine Zidane’s path into coaching as he nears the end of his playing career.

The now 35-year-old is in the final year of his contract with MLS side Orlando City, having initially rose to prominence in 2003 when he was signed by AC Milan for €8.5 million.

Kaka would go onto claim a Serie A title and the 2006-07 Champions League crown with the Rossoneri, while also winning La Liga in a Real Madrid squad which Zidane would become the club’s director of football, beginning the Frenchman’s path to eventually managing the Galacticos.

Admittedly now feeling the physical strain of a career spanning more than 15 years, Kaka claims that his focus is turning to a position on the sidelines and wants to follow the framework set by Zidane.

“I’d like to do like Zizou [Zidane],” he said in an interview with Globoesporte.

“He stopped playing, took some time off, he saw that he liked to coach and paid his dues in the youth system. I could do like him.

“Continue playing? I don’t find enjoyment playing football anymore, I feel pain after every match. My body feels it and at the age of 35 it’s hard to recuperate”