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Kaká with Real Madrid in February 2011
Personal information
Full nameRicardo Izecson dos Santos Leite
Date of birth22 April 1982(age 33)
Place of birthBrasília, Brazil
Height1.86 m
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Club information
Current clubReal Madrid

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Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (-ptʁiˈkaɾdu iˈzɛksõw duˈsɐ̃tus ˈlejtʃi; born 22 April 1982), commonly known as Kaká (c-eniconkæˈkɑː), is a Brazilian football attacking midfielder who currently plays for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. Kaká started his footballing career at the age of eight, when he began playing for a local club. At the time, he also played tennis, and it was not until he moved on to São Paulo FC and signed his first professional contract with the club at the age of fifteen that he chose to focus on football.

In 2003 he joined Milan for a fee of -8.5 million. While at Milan, Kaká won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2007. After his success with Milan, Kaká joined Real Madrid for a world record fee of £56 million, smashing the previous record of Zidane, £49 million. Kaká's record was later broken by Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined Real Madrid for a fee of £80 million. In addition to his contributions on the pitch, Kaká is known for his humanitarian work. In 2004, by the time of his appointment, he became the youngest ambassador of the UN' World Food Programme.

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