São Paulo Head Coach Muricy Ramalho welcomes Kaká leadershipKaká attends Brazil's 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Croatia as a spectator at the Arena Corinthians on June 12, 2014
São Paulo Head Coach Muricy Ramalho is confident Kaká will prove to be a useful addition, ahead of his likely debut against Goiás on Sunday.
The 32 year-old has rejoined the Tricolor, where he started his career, on loan from Orlando City.
The new franchise are not due to take their place in Major League Soccer until the next season starts in March 2015, which will allow Kaká to remain with São Paulo for the whole 2014 Brasileirão.
Ramalho, who has been in his role since September 2013, believes Kaká’s leadership can help São Paulo become more united and insists the playmaker still has the capabilities to be a protagonist.
“We were very excited seeing Kaká play the end of the season with Milan, and we hope he can make a difference, as he his a player that can also guide [team-mates],” stated the tactician, as reported by mlssoccer.com.
“We can see in training that he has a way of dealing with his colleagues, guiding them well, and this is critical because our great leader [goalkeeper Rogério Ceni] is far away [on the field] in goal and we need to have someone on the field to guide, and in that sense he shows that quality.”
Kaká first featured for São Paulo in February 2001 and was part of a side that won the Torneio Rio-São Paulo that year. His growing reputation was further enhanced after being selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup - which Brazil won - and he was eventually signed by Milan in 2003 for €8.5 million. After lifting five major honours and winning the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year, he moved on to Real Madrid in June 2009 for €68.5 million, before rejoining Milan last summer on a free transfer last summer.
The veteran's return to Italy had mixed success - he scored nine goals in 37 appearances - and he chose to activate a release clause in his contract to sign for Orlando on 1st July.