Coming off the back of a season where he had registered 16 goals and 12 assists in all competitions for AC Milan, Kaka went on to put pen to paper for Real Madrid for a world-record €67 million fee in 2009.
However, things failed to pan out as expected, as the Brazilian midfielder’s constant injury woes meant he could not set the Santiago Bernabéu alight on a consistent basis.
Despite the all-time great’s career in the Spanish capital being rather forgettable, he reflected on a memory from his time at the club that he still holds dear to his heart.
“The best memory at Real Madrid is the day I left because Florentino told me I was a great professional who had done everything possible to achieve great results at Madrid, but the injuries and the few minutes the coach gave me did not allow it”, he said, as quoted by MARCA.
The Ballon d’Or winner added, “That was a great satisfaction. This is why you will never hear me speak bad of Real Madrid or José Mourinho.”
While several footballers could be expected to be bitter after their status went from being one of the world’s best to a bit-part player, Kaka does not fit the aforementioned description.
However, being relegated as a mere squad player may have come as a shock to Kaka, who had been crowned as the best player in world football just two years before his arrival.
Ultimately, Perez, Mourinho as well as the entire footballing fraternity are well aware of the fact that had the ex-Sau Paulo youngster not been as injury prone, he would have lit up proceedings at Real Madrid.
Hearing the same from the top boss at Los Blancos may well have felt Kaka feel understood at the time.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.