Kaka says next season is his last for Orlando City SC
It sounds like Kaká is ready to call it quits for Orlando City when his contract ends next year.
Speaking to the program Desimpedidos, Kaká said in Portuguese that next year will be his last in Orlando after being asked how much longer he planned on playing.
Here’s the translation of the interview, courtesy of Orlando City’s fan blog at SB Nation:
Interviewer: “What are you going to do when you're done?”Kaká: “I don't know yet, I don't know…I do want to stay involved with soccer, that's what I want.”Interviewer: “How long are you still planning on playing?”Kaká: “Next year will be my last at Orlando.”Interviewer: “Then you'll return to Brazil, and where will you play?”Kaká: “If I come back, it's São Paulo. Not even with a big money offer from another club. It needs to have a context. You're not spending your whole day sitting in a chair looking at your bank account.”
It’s hardly a surprise to hear Kaká suggest he will be finished with playing after next season. After all, he will be 35 then, which is an age when many high-level players decide to hang up their boots.
That said, Kaká has done decently well in Orlando. He has nine goals each in his two seasons in Orlando and a combined assists total of 17. Those aren’t blockbuster numbers and it’s been mostly up to the lesser-known, lesser-paid players to run up the goal tallies. But Kaká’s numbers are solid and he has played a big role in helping set up goals.
At this rate, Kaká can probably keep going and continue to play an important role in helping Orlando’s attack work. But when Father Time catches up with players, it tends to happen quickly and things could change by the end of next season. Kaká is also reportedly the most expensive player in MLS right now at around $7 million, and it’s doubtful Orlando will be willing to pay such a high salary going forward.
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