Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani admits he “cried in 2009" when Kaká was sold to Real Madrid
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has admitted he “cried in 2009" when Kaká was sold to Real Madrid.
The Brazilian initially left the Rossoneri for €68.5 million in June 2009. After four years largely on the fringes with Real Madrid - he still won one La Liga, one Copa del Rey and one Supercopa de España - Kaká rejoined Milan in August on a free transfer.
The 31 year-old has rediscovered himself back in Italy. He’s scored four goals in eleven appearances, including the third in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Catania.
Galliani notes how hard it was to sell Kaká, but is delighted he’s returned and was in awe of his strike at the Stadio Angelo Massimino.
“Ricky is a phenomenon,” insisted the 69 year-old, as reported by Football Italia.
“He told me that he was waiting for Mario [Balotelli] to arrive, but he didn’t arrive and so he shot himself...
“You know I cried in 2009 when I went to sell him to Real, then I thank the Lord that I had the idea on August 31 to go to Madrid, without any pre-arranged appointment, and from there it all happened and Kaká came back.”
Kaká, who has 29 goals in 87 appearances for Brazil, first joined Milan from São Paulo for €8.5 million in 2003.
Across six seasons, he won Serie A, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Supercoppa Italiana. He was also named FIFA World Player of the Year and awarded the Ballon d’Or in 2007.
Before signing with Milan, he was also part of the Brazil squad that lifted the 2002 World Cup.