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”