Kaka-Major Role-player or Space Filler?

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Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9.

Kaka During His Younger Days
The return of Kaka has spread jubilation not only to madridistas, but to fans the world over. The bright start to this year’s campaign has been nothing short of momentous as the Brazilian has battled with injury since he signed for Madrid in 2009. He was away from the playing field for nearly five months last season due to a knee injury, but based on his performances thus far, that’s all in the past now. The Brazilian is having a great start to the 2011/12 campaign and has proven to be a key player for Mourinho in only six games.

Kaka’s place in the starting 11 has been questioned since his return but he is proving the point that he has every reason to be in it. In a blistering attack-minded 4-2-3-1 formation against the great Ajax Amsterdam, Kaka flourished alongside the likes of Ronaldo and Ozil; the player many thought had replaced him. The Bernabeu faithful was able to see him in action playing the game again. He scored the team’s second of the evening and assisted one Karim Benzema in the third. He also pulled off impressive individual efforts in attack that few players could only dream to emulate. Direct, darting runs down the middle of the park, his trademark, had once again come into prevalence as he pulled the strings all night.


With the younger Mesut Ozil seemingly in favour by Mourinho, one may have wondered where Kaka would fit into this grand scheme once fully fit. The answer lay in Angel Di Maria getting some bench time. The squirmish Argentine was left out of the starting 11 with Ozil taking his spot on the right flank and Kaka filling Ozil’s place in the middle. This choice proved to be deadly for the opposition as Madrid quickly got off the mark with a brilliant 7 pass team display before Ronaldo slotted home the opener.


This lineup proved especially deadly from the counter attack with Kaka at the epicenter of it all. This leads one to believe that Angel Di Maria may not be needed as initially thought for his pace. Kaka has returned this season with the same pace and urgency in his game that took him to the pinnacle of club football in 2007 with A.C Milan winning the UEFA Champions League as well as many coveted individual awards including the World Player of the Year award.


Kaka has been plugged into the lineup easily in his familiar centre attacking midfield position, playing at what is viewed as his highest level since joining the whites. He has left no question unanswered thus far in the 6 games he has featured in as form seems to be on his side with fluid interchanging passing with teammates, the required darting run from deep and occasional troubling shot on target all seeming to easily ready at his arsenal’s disposal.


Not only does he bring his array of skill to the table but he also provides his invaluable experience. He is a player that has won it all from the World Cup to the Champions League to domestic titles so one would imagine in the bigger Champions League games or El Clasicos result where the likes of Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria may not necessarily be well versed in those pressure situations, the Brazilian’s undeniable quality will greatly help his side push to a result.


He is one of Mourinho’s major assests alongside one of the world’s most talented midfields in Real Madrid’s aim to dethrone rivals Barcelona from domestic and European glory. Only 6 games have gone so far this season but it is set to be Kaka’s best yet in a Madrid shirt. Will the Brazilian maestro be able to help his side to success this season? The quality is there so now only time will tell.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Hope Kaka can deliver on what he promises. If he does, Madrid is going to have one hell of a successful season.

  2. i think kaka still has alot to offer but if injury raises it head again what will kaka’s position be? on the transfer market or is he resilient enough to come back to prominence? only time will tell.

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