Jul 2, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT
One day after signing for Major League Soccer expansion side, Orlando City, Brazilian playmaker Kaka spoke glowingly of his new league noting that many Europeans talk of continuing their careers stateside.
Kaka signed for the team owned by Brazilian businessman Flavio Augusto da Silva, saying a major reason for his decision to move to Florida was the franchise’s vision as a global brand capable of attracting international talent.
“In Europe the players speak a lot to come to play in America,” Kaka said. “To other players I think I can show that the American league is a nice place to play.”
One nice aspect of Orlando City is the money although the team and Kaka are mum as to how much the 32-year-old is being paid. “Yes, they’re paying me good. I had to say this. But I had another opportunity to earn more than they are paying me here. So my decision is not about money.”
Instead, Kaka wants to be part of something. A movement. The growth of a league, one which he believes can become one of the five biggest in the world and therefore attract more international talent. His goal is nothing short of a dream that many soccer fans hold close to their hearts, despite dissenters: “My expectation is that soccer is going to be the first sport in America”.
Kaka’s contract at Orlando, according to da Silva’s Facebook account, is for three years, which would make him 35-years-old at the time of expiration. “This is the right moment for me because I’m not too old and not too young but I have the experience to come and give a lot of things to the league,” Kaka said.
Impressive and uplifting soundbites from the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner, who looks poised to impress in more ways than one.
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