I needed a bit of time to think and make my decision with calm. "I went to Europe to watch some games, to feel the emotion of the game there, where football really has its highest point".
Kaka is best known for his remarkable spell at Serie A giants AC Milan, where for a spell of six years, he played a crucial role in an era of dominance that the club - to this day - are struggling to live up to.
The Brazilian left MLS in October, parting ways with Orlando City and there was much speculation on what he would do next. What a lovely career, how many joys, how many people inspired. With Orlando, Kaka again showed flashes of his tremendous talent, giving the expansion team an immediate boost. "He stopped, took some time away, decided if it was something he actually enjoyed, studied, did a course, built his way up".
Kaka tweeted Sunday that "I'm now ready for the next journey".
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Kaka made his professional club debut at the age of 18 at Sao Paulo FC in Brazil in 2001. But in the end, he arrived at Real Madrid for 67m euros nearly at the same time with Ronaldo. Kaka retires having won a Ballon D'or, Champions League, and World Cup among other accolades.
The playmaker represented his country 92 times, scoring 29 goals and lifting the 2002 World Cup. Then he returned to Milan in 2013 and after settled in Orlando City until nowadays.
On the pitch, Kaka was a magician. Kaka was, by nature, an attacking midfielder but due to his versatility he could be placed anywhere in the midfield.
Kaka will however not leave the world of football as a whole stating that: "Now, I will prepare to continue in the world of football, but in another role".