The Brazilian was an elite playmaker and one of only eight players to have won the World Cup, Champions League and Ballon d’Or.
“He’s the complete player,” is how Pele described after he was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007.
Watch this hilarious moment in the video clip below as the ref suddenly blows her whistle for no obvious reason, handing Kaka a yellow card, much to his bemusement.
Nothing to see here. Just a referee showing Kaka a yellow card before taking a selfie with him. 😂pic.twitter.com/k3lUHJXd9N— Football HQ (@FootbaII_HQ) October 29, 2019
He’s also a great figure off the pitch. Kaka became the youngest ambassador of the UN World Food Programme in 2004 and was listed by Time as one of the world’s most influential people in 2008 and 2009.
He was also the first sportsperson to amass 10 million followers on Twitter, Kaka’s legacy extends to more than what he accomplished on the pitch.