“Kaká” Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite

Toyota Cup Final

 December 14th 2003

Match Worn Boots

Milan A.C.

Did you Know?

The steady European interest in Kaká culminated in his signing with the European champions, Italian club A.C. Milan, in 2003 for a fee of reported €8.5 million, described in retrospect as “peanuts” by club owner Silvio Berlusconi. Within a month, he cracked the starting lineup, replacing Rui Costa in the attacking midfield playmaking position, behind strikers Jon Dahl Tomasson, Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko. His Serie A debut was in a 2–0 win over Ancona. He scored ten goals in 30 appearances that season, also providing several important assists, such as the cross which led to Shevchenko’s title-deciding headed goal, as Milan won the Scudetto and the UEFA Super Cup, whilst finishing as runner up in the Intercontinental Cup and the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana. Milan also reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, losing out to eventual winners Lazio, and were knocked out of the quarter-finals of the Champions League by Deportivo de La Coruña. Due to his performances in his debut season, in 2004, Kaká was named Serie A Footballer of the Year, and was nominated for both the Ballon d’Or (finishing in 15th place) and the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards (finishing in ninth place).

Things to Know:

These boots were made by Adidas to promote the launch of their Predator LZ back to 2012. This “#Unleash” version in this colourway was never sold by Adidas and was only given to several players in order to promote the new boot coming out. The only players who used this model of boots were Van Persie, Xavi, probably David Beckahm and Kaká. Kaká only used them twice according also with his Facebook profile where he announced these new boots coming out. So Kaká has been given this exclusive prototype colourway unlike anything we’ve seen before. 

Things to Know:

These boots were made especially for Kaká with a custom made sole. The left boots has mixed metal/plastic studs while the right boot has fixed plastic studs. They were made this way upon player’s request that needs more stability on his left landing foot. 

Did you Know?

On 3 June 2009, It was reported that newly elected Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez had offered to buy Kaká from Milan for a reported €68.5 million, two days after the player had left for international duty with Brazil. Milan vice-chairman and CEO Adriano Galliani confirmed that he and Kaká’s father, Bosco Leite, had traveled to Mexico to meet with La Volpe: “We had lunch and spoke about Kaká. I don’t deny it. Negotiations exist, but a deal has yet to be done.” On 4 June, Galliani told Gazzetta dello Sport that financial reasons were his motive for the talks with La Volpe: “We cannot allow [Milan] to lose €70 million … The reasons behind Kaká’s departure would be economic.” On 8 June, Milan and Real Madrid confirmed Kaká’s move to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on a six-year deal for €67 million fee. Kaká was unveiled as a Real Madrid player on 30 June 2009, and he made his unofficial debut on 7 August 2009 in a 5–1 friendly victory against Toronto FC. He scored his first goal for Madrid during a pre-season match on 19 August 2009, in a 5–0 victory against Borussia Dortmund.

“I remember how badly we took it as a team when Kaká left Milan. For two or three years he was the best player in the world. There was a point when teams just had no idea how to stop him” Andrea Pirlo