Kaka will not renew Orlando City playing contract

Henrietta Strickland
October 12, 2017

Kaka's contract with the American club will expire in December and he confirmed in a news conference that he will not be extending it.

The 2007 Ballon d'Or victor this week revealed he was losing the "happiness" of playing due to increased recovery periods needed between games, hinting he could follow New York City's Andrea Pirlo in announcing his retirement from playing.

But the 92-cap Brazil global was adamant his time in Orlando has come to an end, with the club 10th in the 11-team Eastern Conference this season. That is all I want to announce. "My final decision is not to renew".

"I will honor this jersey 'til the end as always", he said.

'Pain will not be the base of my decision. "My decision is not based on my physical situation and will not be in the future". The 38-year-old Italian has been playing for New York City FC.

Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva and CEO Alex Leitao thanked Kaka for his service to the club. He said: 'You were a very important piece, a very important element, for the success of this club'.

Kaká, 35, joined Orlando City in 2015 as their first designated player and became the highest paid MLS player in history at $6.6 million a year with $7.2 million in guaranteed money.

He has played in three World Cups (winning one in 2002), won a Champions League and Serie A title with Milan, and a La Liga championship with Real Madrid.

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