2002 World Cup Winner Kaka Retires from Football

The final member of Brazil’s last World Cup-winning squad hung up his boots on .

Former Sao Paulo, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Orlando City playmaker Kaka enjoyed a decorated career, winning Serie A, LaLiga and the Champions League.

Kaka also won the World Cup, the 35-year-old a member of the Brazil squad who reigned supreme at the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.

After dazzling in his homeland in 2001, Kaka earned a ticket to the World Cup the following year with Luiz Felipe Scolari and the Selecao – the attacking midfielder going on to win 92 caps and score 29 international goals.

He only made one appearance off the bench at the 2002 showpiece, however, the superstar trio of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo sidelining Kaka as Brazil celebrated a historic fifth world championship.

Brazil have failed to reach those lofty heights since, underwhelming in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Here, we take a look at the three ‘Rs’ who were instrumental in creating history with Brazil and those who failed to lead a new generation.

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