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Wednesday July 2 2014
End of the Milan-Kaka romance

With a move to Brazil and then the MLS lined up, Ricky Kaka’s exit from Milan this summer came at the right time, says Sam Lewis.

“Some loves do not stop,” a statement on the Milan website read following the announcement that for the final time, Ricardo Kaka would be leaving Via Turati. Although the message was well meant, the air of finality is difficult to deny.

The rescindment of the 32-year-old’s contract ends a club-player relationship that began 11 years ago - the Brazilian a fresh-faced playmaker who was a ‘gift’ provided by Silvio Berlusconi to the Rossoneri following the club’s Champions League victory and is a story that has had twists and turns, near-comebacks and countess memorable moments.

After years spent flirting with each other through the media during Kaka’s time at Real Madrid, the former Ballon d’Or winner returned at the beginning of the 2013-14 season and brought some smiles back to a miserable San Siro in a woeful season, including a wonderful curling strike against Lazio in his first home start since his return.

There were flashes of brilliance in his second stint at Milan – a pinpoint strike against Catania from an acute angle was a finish that few others could’ve pulled off, but the moments of magic were fewer and further between.

Despite the familiar gait on the ball and the memorable grin that still shone from the playmaker’s face, the Kaka Milan sold in 2009 wasn’t the Kaka they got back in 2013. Knee surgery, four years without regular football in Madrid and age all conspired against the Brazilian, who was unable to paralyse defences with the regularity he once had.

It was perhaps another example of Adriano Galliani’s tendency to make moves with his heart rather than his head. The veteran Milan official once admitted that he wept the day he sold Kaka, and his return may have been an opportunity to exercise some personal demons for Galliani - as well as put a friendly face at the front of an unattractive season.

The relationship between the two parties remains one of mutual affection, and it is perhaps appropriate that Kaka’s last act as a Milan player is to help his club out. By consenting to a contract rescindment, Milan save themselves €4m net in wages next season - no small fee for a club as frugal as the Rossoneri and a figure that along with the expected exit of Robinho, will help replenish the squad with younger talent.

It closes the curtain on one of Italian football’s greatest foreign players and a true Milan hero. It may have been a difficult decision for many close to the Diavolo to accept another exit so soon after the second arrival, but it was the best choice at the right time. Sport has no time for nostalgia, and Milan have rightly -albeit belatedly - recognised that success takes precedent over sentiment.

 “I am a Milan fan, and I will be a Milan fan forever,” Kaka told the Milan channel following the announcement.

“I hope that I will soon be able to congratulate Galliani and Milan on winning Serie A and the Champions League.”

Although those objectives are far away from Milan as things stand, with Kaka gone the Rossoneri can stop gazing into the past and begin building to the future.

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Have your say...
@Aussie Bob - Calm your horses there, Bob. It's not like Napoli are winning important titles as well. Though I like that Napoli have built their path to another great season.
on the 6th July, 2014 at 9:46am
You have to laugh at the situation at Milan. How stupid is Berlusconi & Galliani? Its like Dumb & Dumber. They put in Seedorf thinking that will keep the fans quiet & now they have Inzagi to which he will be sacked after the 6th game. What was wrong with Alegri? They think they can turn a Hyundai into a Ferrari buying the parts in China. Hopefully they will be in Seria B the following season where they belong. Forza Napoli!
on the 5th July, 2014 at 8:59am
The treatment of Seedorf given what he did for the club last season (i.e. quitting his playing career and coming to the team's rescue at a time of need) and the deterioration in the relationship between Milan and another former great makes me absolutely ashamed to be a fan. What's the point in having a history if former players who helped create that history want nothing further to do with the club?
on the 4th July, 2014 at 10:11am
As if things weren't bad enough at Milan this little campaign against Seedorf just adds to the shame of it all. Either various players are coming out with personal attacks on a former manager off their own bat or someone has put them up to it (how much compo do Milan owe Seedorf?). As some of you may have noticed from my World Cup comments I'm not a fan of players airing their grievances in public and as Seedorf's agent pointed out neither our clubs usually.
on the 4th July, 2014 at 9:41am
Currently we have a highly suspect joint CEO in Barbara Berlusconi who achieved a 1.1 philosophy degree from an Italian University when her dad Silvio was Prime Minister. While that may be circumstancial she has no business experience and no business qualifications. She has dated one of the players for gods sake. The other joint CEO is Mr. Italian football - Adriano Galliani who has been at the helm since the 1980's and throughout the Calciopoli affair. We are going nowhere I am afraid.
on the 3rd July, 2014 at 5:43pm
This situation is heartbreaking. We have an owner who lest we forget took over a club in 1986 that was bankrupt. He spent nearly a billion euros in that time on his passion and that has not repaid to him. Leaving aside the solitary political clout of this investment for a moment, you cant help but admire it. However like Calcio Italiano in general il Patron's money has now dried up and here we are. Are we better off with Berlusconi or someone like Tohir at Inter? Does he spend his own money?
on the 3rd July, 2014 at 5:28pm
@ MR LAZIO

I doubt it. Both are on their last year on contracts, so their value should drop.
on the 3rd July, 2014 at 2:50pm
@ Carlo R maybe it is about marketing or throwing the fans a bone to stop them from protesting. Either way it isn't working and isn't a basis for building a team. If I have to sit through another season with Bonera, Mexes and Robinho I don't now if I'll cope. I'll certainly have to buy a new TV or two.
on the 3rd July, 2014 at 2:38pm
Its signings for the sake of signings. Signed because they're free. And we'll still go out and spend whatever little money we have on other attackers and ignore the very obvious defensive issues. Surely another season of decline has to spell the end of Galliani. My prediction: Inzaghi to be gone by November, Galliani eventually to quit by Christmas and Menez to be sold on next summer.
on the 3rd July, 2014 at 2:36pm
And I'm not in the slightest bit impressed or excited by any of our signings. I don't see the point of Menez when we have so many attackers and I do not think Alex is good enough to solve our defensive problems. At best he's reasonable cover. We need someone who'll actually take hold of our defence and stop it leaking goals. We certainly can't play with Balo, SES, Menez, Honda all in the same team when we don't have a defence. And where do Saponara, Pazzini, Niang and Petagna fit in?
on the 3rd July, 2014 at 2:33pm
@ Viktor My issue with Berlusconi (strictly footballing wise lets not get political) is not his lack of investment. Its more to do with the fact that he won't get rid of Galliani. The problem since circa 07/08 has not been a lack of investment but the shocking signings. Galliani has wasted so much of Berlusconi's money. Look even now we're linked with more attackers. No decent defenders. Just attackers. And mostly token signings for the sake of it.
on the 3rd July, 2014 at 2:30pm
@Maldini's Heir I think you've summed up the feeling of most Milan fans in your sentiments. Some of these things are so obvious (defensive signings) that it makes you wonder what they are thinking? Is it for the marketing they constantly do this? Marketing for big name players can only work when you have a global brand. And comes from means being successful, which you cant have just on 1or2 big name signings and no thought to the team. vicious circle.
on the 3rd July, 2014 at 10:26am
@Maldini's Heir I'm not 100 with you in the sales aspect. I do not want Berlo to do what he currently does with the club, which is nothing, but then on the other hand I don't want Milan to become like PSG, Monaco, Chelsea, City, etc. I truly think they have the potential based on the history and the glory in the passed to be acquired by someone that has a slight interest in football. Like we said before, believe in youth (we have plenty) and build our own stadium would be enough.
on the 3rd July, 2014 at 12:19am
@ Sanrella We do. He won't...
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 9:08pm
Berlusconi has destroyed the club he helped to make great.

God knows why the fans don't demand he sell.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 8:06pm
It has happened before with sheva and leonardo when they returned to milan however it doesn't change what kaka brought 2 milan those 3 goals he scored against man utd in 2007 cl are imprinted in milan fans memory.

As for building for the future it has been promise but not delivered in any real signing alex and renewing muntari contract would seem to me that milan are failing to achieve this.

In any case all the best to kaka
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 5:31pm
FERBAN-- Cerci and Morata would be at least 20m each?
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 4:45pm
@ Viktor We have experience - too much of it - some would say we are full of deadwood. Alex is no Thiago Silva. I'd prefer the next Thiago Silva or Kaka then a has been player. Menez granted has not fulfilled his potential but why do i want another unreliable hothead? That Roma did not want? Why does he deserve a chance over one of our primavera players or Vergara? Time we realised we haven't won anything with the current transfer strategy and Pippo's appointment hopefully means youth.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 3:50pm
@adrian gaveglia

I'll say it again signing menez and alex was a great deal. You must know little of football if you not satisfied with that. Do you how good menez could be to for us?

You need EXP to win, not only young and hungry. It's the mix your after. very rarely does a all young team win it all.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 2:07pm
@ Maldini's Heir for once we are in total agreement. For us milan fans the last 5-6 years have been hap hazard at best, complete chaos if your being cynical. I would just like to smile once in a while watching them rather than feel sad at the demise.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 1:18pm
Realistically, without spending a fortune :

OUT:Balotelli 30m, Abate 10m, Mexes 4m, Robinho 4m, Birsa 4m, Nocerino 5m, Matri 6m, Constant 5m, Oduamadi 2m, Paloschi 3m, Essien, Amelia, Bonera, Traore, Emanuelson, Vila all free : 67m

IN:Perin 13m, Darmian 13m, Cerci 13m, Rami 5m, Taarabt 5m, Morata 12m, Casemiro loan, Antonelli, Musacchio, Alex, Agazzi, Menez all free : 61m

But it'll never happen. If they sell 67m worth of players, Milan fans will be lucky to see half that spent.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 1:08pm
This of course won't happen. I'd actually prefer for the transfer window just end now so that Galliani can stop doing any more damage. What a mess.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 10:08am
While I'll take the transfer speculation with a pinch of salt I've no doubt we'll see many and numerous new attacking signings this summer. Our defence will continue to be neglected (and by neglected I mean a token freebie being offloaded by PSG and keeping either Bonera or Mexes). What I want to see is one big signing in defence and that's it. Spend whatever it takes to get the best centre back available. Zapata has shown what he can do at the world cup but he needs someone beside him.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 10:07am
But the thing that grates me more than anything with this little merry go round is it shows the total lack of priorities and planning. We signed Kaka and Matri last season when we needed defenders. We then go on to concede 49 goals and what do we do this summer? Change around our attack again. Meanwhile Kaka's signing impeded Saponara's development. By the time we signed Honda we had 3 players for one position so shipped Honda out to the wing.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 10:02am
Another feature of our senile transfer guru's policies is the one season (or in the case of Essien half a season) signings. So Kaka's another one season signing. We don't sign players to build. We sign to plug holes in a sinking ship. While every transfer guru will make the occasional slip up this has been a theme for a number of years now. I've no doubt that many of this season's wonderful signings will be shipped on by January or next summer. There's no long term plan.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 9:55am
Who are past their best and who are signed without any regard to the squad requirements or tactics. Players like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Robinho. In fairness we got lucky with Ibrahimovic but he typified the mould. Signed about 5 years too late for an handsome fee and high wages. Add to this the other numerous pointless signings and you're left with an expensive, bloated, average, incoherent squad of players.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 9:52am
But Kaka sums up everything that used to be good about Galliani and also what is now so terrible. When we first signed Kaka in 2003 Galliani was still able find those little gems. We got there before he reached his peak and he became great at Milan. We sold him at the right time to Real. By the time we re-signed him Galliani had essentially lost the plot. Kaka's signing followed a number of trophy signings which we've made in the last number of years. Expensive players (when you consider wages),
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 9:49am
Goodbye and good luck Kaka. Thank you for all you've done over the years.

Now as for those you leave behind...What exactly is the plan? According to Football Italia Kaka was Milan's player of the season last season. I probably would've gone for Poli but he was certainly one of our better players in what was an abysmal season where we conceded 49 goals. So we need to fix things. Where do we start? By selling one of the better players....
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 9:44am
I would like to see Essien, Robinho, Constant,Emmanuelson, MExes and Muntari all leave and some of the youngers players given a chance to bed into team. Happy if we don't make it into CL/UEFA but would like to see Saponara, Cristante, Petagna, Vergara and Mastour given a run in the team. Already concerned that we have signed Alex and Menez both bit part players at PSG. We need young and hungry players, not players looking for one last payday.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 9:43am
Kaka re-signing is an example of what has gone wrong with Mila over the last few seasons. They don't have the money to buy World Class "Ready Made" stars anymore but feel the need to have a team that has "world names" - Kaka should never have gone back it was clear he wasn't the same player at Real. The Milan heirachy don't understand that what the fans want is a winning team. If not a winning team then at least players who play with heart and know what it means to wear the rossoneri shirt.
on the 2nd July, 2014 at 9:23am

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