Back at AC Milan, after four disastrous seasons at Real Madrid, Kaka is enjoying his football again in Milan. Many, including myself, thought that bringing the Brazilian back was not a good idea, but Kaka’s recent performances have shown that even at 31 years old, he still has a lot to offer.
A lot of things have changed for Kaka since he left Milan for Real Madrid in 2009 for 67 Million Euros. The 2007 Ballon d’Or arrived in Madrid as one of the best players players in the world, but failed to live up to the expectations. Despite the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti (his former coach at Milan) in Madrid this summer, Kaka was released and signed for Milan on a free transfer.
Except a difficult first month he missed due to an injury, Kaka has been Milan’s best player since his return. He was Milan’s savior on Saturday against Genoa in a disappointing 1-1 draw, leaving Milan at a humiliating 13th place in Serie A after 13 games. Even though he’s still far from being the player he was before leaving Milan in 2009, Kaka is already doing much better than what most people expected. In 10 games since his return, Kaka has scored three goals and provided two assists.
His performance against Celtic in Tuesday’s Champions League game was reminiscent of his best years in a Milan jersey. Beyond the goal he scored and the assist he provided for Mario Balotelli, the most surprising was to see Kaka showing that he had not lost that blistering pace that allowed him to glide away from opponents so easily. In every Champion’s League he featured this season, Kaka has either scored or provided an assist.
Often on the bench at Madrid, and sometimes not even included in the club’s match day squad, Kaka has immediately been named vice-captain by Milan’s coach Massimiliano Allegri when he returned. Unlike at Madrid, where he was often booed for his poor performances, Kaka is a hero for Milan fans, and playing for a club where he feels loved is helping him get back to his best.
At 31 years old, Kaka seems to be back in good physical form, and could be one of the good surprises of the season if he keeps performing this way. His resurgence is good news for Milan, who will need Kaka at his best to get out of the difficult situation they got themselves into.