AC Milan and Real Madrid legend, Kaka, 35, has officially announced his retirement from professional football, ending his successful career which earned him the FIFA World Player of the Year Award in 2007.
Posting an image of himself wearing the famous ‘I belong to Jesus’ t-shirt on Sunday, the attacking midfielder issued a statement reflecting on his career.
He wrote: Father, It was much more than I could ever imagined.
Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amen,’ wrote Kaka.
The Brazilian legend who started his career with Brazil’s São Paulo in 2001, joined AC Milan in 2003, where he made 193 appearances and scored 70 goals.
He also joined Real Madrid in 2013, played 85 games and scoring 23 goals for the Spanish club, before returning back to Milan for a year. He made 30 appearances and scored 7 goals.
In 2014, Kaka joined MLS club Orlando City, where he made 75 appearances and scored 24, before returning back on loan to his boyhood club São Paulo
The football legend also made 92 appearances for Brazil and scored 29 goals for the South American nation.
Below is the list of his honours.
World Cup winner – 2002
Serie A winner – 2003/04
Italian super cup winner – 2004/05
Confederations Cup winner – 05 & 09
Champions League winner – 2006/07
UEFA super cup winner – 2007/08
FIFA Ballon d’Or – 2007
UEFA best player in Europe – 2007
Spanish cup winner – 2010/11
La Liga winner – 2011/12
EFF demands the sacking of South Africa’s finance minister Nene.
South Africa’s political players are headed for a collision course over the fate of the finance minister, who the Treasury on Tuesday said is traveling to Indonesia for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting.
Pressure has been piling on finance minister Nhlanhla Nene to resign, following his disclosure to the state-capture inquiry commission, that he had met the Gupta brothers between 2010 and 2013.
The Business Day on Monday reported that Nene had asked president Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties as finance minister.
Ramaphosa’s office responded and said they were not aware of Nene’s request.
And on Tuesday, Treasury spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane said the finance minister was expected to arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday.
Nene is also expected to read the mid-term budget later this month.
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The news that Nene is continuing with his duties is likely to anger opposition supporters including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), whose leader, Julius Malema on Monday asked Ramaphosa to sack Nene.
In a written letter to Ramaphosa, Malema argued that the country, whose economy is in recession, had very serious challenges that needed a credible finance minister to address them.
‘‘Public servants at all spheres and levels of government will have no obligation to responsibly manage state fiscal resources under a compromised minister of finance,’‘ Malema said.
He then added that that Nene can no longer inspire much needed confidence to revive the economy.
‘‘The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)‚ which is supposed to be a statement to build confidence amongst all important economic role players‚ cannot‚ and should not‚ be delivered by a minister who was part of the Gupta criminal syndicate.”
For the EFF, Nene’s position as finance minister is no longer tenable and they are determined to win what they are now calling a battle.
Malema had threatened on Sunday that streets protests might be organised to demand for the removal of Nene as finance minister.
The Gupta brothers are accused of using their friendship with former president Jacob Zuma to influence government decisions including unfairly winning state contrcats.
Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.
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South Africa: Ex-minister reveals Zuma’s Gupta deals.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Wednesday he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve contracts that would financially benefit the Gupta family, friends of Zuma accused of corruption.