On Saturday night, I was at Lincoln Financial Field to watch the Philadelphia Union play Real Madrid. In the seat behind mine, a father was telling his son excitedly about Kaka, who entered the game in the second half. Unfortunately, despite the father yelling whenever Kaka received the ball, the Brazilian midfielder was ineffective.
Kaka is at the end of his prime as a top player. He has endured two injury-filled seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 29-year old is wearing down, and wearing down quickly. Jose Mourinho should shop Kaka and sell him to the highest bidder.
Every time Kaka got on the ball last night, he was snuffed out by a Union defender. These are MLS reserve defenders. It was very hot last night, but Kaka only played the final 45 minutes. Needless to say, the Madridista supporters behind me were disappointed.
Mesut Ozil is the perfect replacement for Kaka. The 22-year old German was at the top of his game last night. Using his skill, Ozil poked and prodded the Union defense all night. The German scored a goal in the 2-1 Madrid victory. He plays in the same position as Kaka (center attacking midfielder) and has superior vision.
I am not trying to base my opinion of Kaka from one match. Ozil clearly passed Kaka in the starting lineup last season. Unfortunately, the Brazilian was not worth the £56 million that Madrid paid AC Milan for him. It is time to cut the losses and sell him to Chelsea, Inter or Manchester City.
Kaka’s value will decrease the longer Real Madrid hold on to him. This is just what happens to players who are over the hill. Once a player begins declining, his price reduces drastically.
But the 29-year old Kaka would like to stay on at the Bernabeu: “I do not want to leave and the coach told me he wants me here for next season and the club told me there is no need to sell me.”
With the wages he is making, why would Kaka want to leave Madrid? The only way Kaka will be persuaded to leave is if Mourinho sits him on the bench. With Mesut Ozil clearly more effective, Kaka might be forced to enjoy a seat next to Mourinho in the near future.
Last night was a special one for US Soccer. One of the premier teams in the world took center stage. People were expecting the likes of Ronaldo and Kaka to dazzle the crowd with skill. Ronaldo is still able to do it, and he should while he can, because you never know when your time is up.