Brazil legend Kaka reveals why Mourinho made his Real Madrid spell a forgettable one
What's the story?
2002 World Cup winner and 2007 Ballon d'Or winner Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known as Kaka has opened up about his disastrous spell in Spain with Real Madrid and said that injuries, as well as the then Los Blancos manager Jose Mourinho, played a huge role in his failure in the LaLiga, in a recent interview with Grande Circulo de SporTV.
He mentions that even after recovering from a serious adductor injury, his true potential was limited by the Portuguese manager at the Spanish club as he was never even given the chance to prove himself.
In case you didn't know...
Kaka won the Ballon d'Or in 2007, the last player to do so before Messi and Ronaldo dominated the events for the next decade. Their duopoly was ended by another Real Madrid player Luka Modric this year.
Kaka was one of the best players of the world in the past decade and he had revealed earlier that he rejected a world record bid of £100 million from Manchester City in 2009 and chose to keep playing with AC Milan.
The heart of the matter...
In the interview with the Brazilian TV show of Grande Circulo de SporTV, Kaka said that he faced two clear problems at Madrid. One of which was his obvious struggles with injuries and the other one was the recently sacked Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
It should be noted here that multiple players from every club, that the self-proclaimed 'Special One' has managed, have had troubles with the manager.
He told the show that he believed a move to Real Madrid would be great for him, but it didn't work out for him. He said: (Via MARCA)
"I was convinced that Real Madrid would be good, I think I was persistent, I got as far as I could, to my limit."
On the problems that he faced, he added:
"My problem at Madrid was continuity first and then the coach, as I spent three years trying to convince Mourinho that I should have more opportunities but it was his choice, it was out of my control."
"The first year I had a hip problem, then the adductor and I was operated on."
"I was out of action for six months and when I returned, it[problem] was Mourinho."
In the end, he clarified that there are no hard feelings between them now.
Jose Mourinho is staying away from the media since his sacking by Manchester United, thus it remains to be seen where the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager might be headed next.