Para Siempre Blanco

Ze Brand Kaka

Sidelined (forever)

With rumors going about that Real Madrid will be selling Kaka in January, the club has decided to promote the brand that they bought for £56million from the other side of Milan last season – Kaka.

Kaka was brought in from Milan as a part of the new project and was Don Florentino’s first signing after his heroic comeback as the President of Real Madrid. By buying a player who had had a torrid injury plagued season, Senor Perez was indeed taking a risk. The former World Player of the Year and Balon d’Or winner does indeed have all the credibility to play for a club like ours, but that alone is not enough, is it?

Kaka’s injury worries only compounded following his move from Italy to Spain. He was coming into a newly built Real Madrid squad after a tremendous show in the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa in which he won the Gold Medal with his national side. Being the main entity of his side Kaka spearheaded Brazil through the tournament raising hopes of thousands of Madridistas that Milan were only being foolish to sell a player of such quality. But that’s when things started to change. Even though the player got himself into the score-sheet via a penalty in a league game against Villareal his performances weren’t up to the benchmark that he had set for himself. Then came the twin legs against his former employers and despite playing both the legs and trying his best, Kaka failed to impress. His best game for us till date, though in a losing cause, came against our eternal Catalan rivals away from home and that’s when the whole Sports Hernia issue cropped up. Real accused Milan of selling an injured player whereas the rest said that the joke was on Real as they had earlier sold Sneijder and Robben as a part of accommodating Kaka. Rafael van der Vaart too would have paved way if not for his resilience.

Kaka did not play until the return leg against Lyon at home which we drew 1-1 thus getting knocked out of the competition. And immediately Kaka was injured again and would not play until towards the end of the season at La Rosaleda against Zaragoza. He came on as a substitute and scored the winner keeping us in the title race – his most important goal for us till date.

He was then included in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup and after getting knocked out by the losing finalists  – The Netherlands – Kaka was injured again, this time the left knee for which he needed surgery that would rule him out for up to 4 months.

A week after the surgery, the player had began an intense phase of rehab that requires almost six hours of work each day. The club’s official website today says that though it is still a long way out, the Brazilian midfielder is poised to make a comeback stronger than ever. The article went on to describe what Kaka does every day from the moment he enters the Valdebebas till he leaves stating that the player just cannot wait to play again.

The club’s medical team consisting of Juan Carlos Hernandez and Carlos Diez too are happy with the progress Kaka’s knee is making saying that the recovery not only concentrates on his knee but also on his groin which is as trouble making as the other. Like school teachers, they commended Kaka’s performance…

Kaka is very meticulous with his work. He likes to tackle things within the deadline and it is a pleasure to work with him. He always wants to work more and we have to rein him in to avoid him making things that could be detrimental.

They went on to say that even if it takes a year for him to comeback they would take the recovery process step by step and not rush him into playing:

We want to be careful because this is the second operation he’s had on that knee. It would be a mistake on our part to force his re-entry in the team if the isn’t 100% fit to play. After healing the knee we have to heal the groin, which more or less indirectly affects the entire recovery process. We are very satisfied with the progress he’s making.

If that doesn’t rule out the sale of Kaka, nothing else would. Why would any club want to make a player of Kaka’s class 100% fit in order to sell him to a competitor club?

An Italian newspaper had claimed on Wednesday that the Nerazzurri were hoping to bring Kaka to the San Siro from Real Madrid in January. But President Moratti insists the idea of signing the midfielder, who formerly played for Inter’s fierce local rivals AC Milan, did not stem from his club.

I read about it in this morning’s papers. It’s a wonderful idea, but it doesn’t come from us.

Sure it didn’t come from him. Massimo, as much as he buys, does not buy players by their brand value but by their potential. Real though are different. We at least were until last season. Kaka, I feel, was merely brought because of the brand name that he carried. Several years from now we can say that the legendary Kaka was a Madridista. But how successful was he? That remains a question mark.

Before, I conclude the post, news from the Valdebebas. The internationals have returned and are back in training. We have a game against Osasuna at home coming up and I can only hope that we don’t lose any more players through injury.

And finally some comments. Cristiano Ronaldo discussed the current season, his team and his coach during a promotional event on Wednesday afternoon saying that apart from hard work luck too will play a role in getting silverware to the Bernabeu this term. He too had a few kind words for the coach. But more importantly he said that he is almost 100% again. Will he play this weekend? That remains to be seen. On the other hand, Karim Benzema, who made a return from injury for France after missing the game against Belarus on Friday, is as inspired as ever after scoring France’s opening goal against Bosnia in Euro 2012 qualifying on Tuesday. He said that the goal was his most important goal for France. Benzema is yet to score a goal in a competitive game this season.

And since I don’t give a hooping hoot about what Bayern Munich thinks about losing on Khedira and Ozil I guess that kills the post for the day.

Until later,

Para Siempre Blanco!

Hala Madrid!!


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