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Kaka in the highest – by Bianca Iaconelli
“Christian, husband and father who loves soccer”. That’s the way Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite define himself on the short space for it on Twitter. Page which counts with almost 14 millions of followers by the way. On his Facebook page, it’s counted more than 19 millions fans. And it’s not a surprise when we talk about Kaka, a player who reaches at age 30 getting the good stuff as results of a solid and noticed career, with awards like World Cup and the best soccer player/Golden Ball in 2007. More than this, now he celebrates 2 important victories which show his strength: days before this interview, Kaka scored his 28th goal in Champions League, becoming the brazilian player who scored more times in Europe championships. Some months ago he was called up by Mano Menezes to be back to Brazil NT after 2 years of absence. Nowadays defending Real Madrid’s jersey, the midfielder who was famous in SPFC and debuted in AC Milan when he went to Europe, doesn’t hide his joy about being in a good and successful phase: “I project my aims, individual and collective ones, and search for discipline and organization, always. It motives me. I still have the dream of winning again all the important awards”
Among his careful sport memories, Kaka points his participation on WC final in 2002: “I think it’s the title that every player wants to get, to be world champion and I was there participating to the ‘penta’”.
Besides being UN ambassador since 2004, Kaka participates in projects such as the Special Olympics, a movement that encourages the sport to young people with special needs.
RS: Did you believe to go as far in football as a teenager?
KAKA: Honestly, no! My dream was to get to the professional Sao Paulo and playing just one game for the Brazilian NT. The Bible says that God can do more than we ask or think, and this is what really happened to me.
RS: Did your parents encourage you to play football as a child or being in a field was your request?
KAKA: I started playing at 8 years old when I moved to São Paulo from Curitiba (sic) [Note: I, Ingrid, believe there has been a mistake in this part, because Kaka was born in Brasilia, moved to CUIABÁ and then went to São Paulo. So I think instead of Curitiba, Cuiabá is correct, but it says so in the magazine]. They were always by my side, but never pressured, and it was good for me to have support at home and not a pressure.
RS: Was there a player, athlete from another sport, which was his idol and somehow has served as an example for your career?
KAKA: The best player I saw playing was Ronaldo (“Fenomeno”). Another idol I have is Ayrton Senna, both are examples, each in its kind, with features that made them winners.
RS: Looking back at all the accomplishments you achieved in your career, which one considers the most important?
KAKA: the titles that were won. I am happy to say that, as a player, earned the most team and individual titles possible.
RS: What motivates you to get up, go to training, overcome difficulties and criticism and strive for their goals in the sport?
KAKA: I have clearly defined my goals, what I want, and I dedicate myself to conquer them, always thinking of what I can do to be even better.
“Often the criticisms are hard, even unfair, but you are part and picking up strength. I see the bad phases, as I had with injuries, as a motivation, obstacles to overcome, always seek solutions at work to change these situations ”
Striker says that still does not think about what might engage after deciding to abandon lawns since that time has not come close yet. Their goals focused on follow stabilize in NT.
RS: What the recent returns to Brazil squad after so long away, meant to your career?
KAKA: The calling up was very important to me. I was prestigious. Serving Brazil NT is a privilege, especially with so many good players that may be there. It meant a new beginning at age 30.
RS: How, in your experience and maturity, can help the team lift the cup in 2014?
KAKA: I believe that my technical capacity and tactics are the best help and also the experience of someone who has been to three World Cups.
RS: Do you think we are favorites?
KAKA: Always, in any competition. Because we are playing at home, besides the favoritism, the responsibility increases. The group is in formation and, in my opinion, the right way.
RS: We suffered a big change now, the exchange of technical short time to the World Cup. Do you think this change worthwhile?
KAKA: Enter a new coaching staff with extensive experience and who has won previous World Cups. This factor makes know some shortcuts to success in competition.
RS: What other teams may be hard to compete to?
KAKA: Spain is good and will be a favorite. Argentina, Italy, Germany, England and France are also traditional teams so they can make a great World Cup.
Married for seven years with the businesswoman Caroline Celico, Kaka is father of Luca (4) and Isabella (1). About eldest son follow in his footsteps, he says: “I leave him free to choose. For now, Luca just plays with cousins and friends having fun, but not so interested. ”
And amid speculation about his possible departure from Real Madrid, is not impossible that the Brazilians are filled with hope: “Yes, I would return to play in Brazil, don’t want it now, but if one day return, would give priority to Sao Paulo “.