Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia insists Kakà is back to his best
Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia believes Kakà is close to being the same player that left the San Siro.
The Brazilian played a starring role as the Rossoneri held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
In his first spell at Milan, Kakà was named FIFA World Player of the Year for 2007.
His outstanding form during that period earned him a €68.5 million transfer to Real Madrid in 2009.
After struggling for four years in Spain, he rejoined Milan on a free transfer in August.
Amelia insists the 32 year-old’s showing against Barcelona is a sign he can return to his best.
“I think Kaká's performance was the most important thing of the night for us,” he told uefa.com. “It's good for the whole environment here, it's good for the rest of the squad, for the fans and it's good for him.
“He seems very motivated and serene, and his usual pace on the pitch is back.
“He is still is a great champion. I don't think there is much difference between the player he was here at Milan before leaving and the player he is now.
“He just needs more stamina to be able to play like that for the whole 90 minutes.”
Kakà, who assisted Robinho’s opener against Barcelona, has made just three appearances for Milan this season.
An injury sustained against Torino delayed his comeback at the San Siro club. He is expected to start away at Parma on Sunday.