Kaká Says He Will Not Renew

Orlando City captain Kaká announced he is not returning to Orlando City

The words of Kaka resounded around the Internet today. “As you all know, my contract with Orlando City ends this year. My final decision is not to renew,” Millions were shocked as Kaká announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

He said his “first cycle” with the club is over, but he can see himself returning one day as an ambassador, general manager or coach.

Kaká said his announcement was “just for that,” not mentioning retirement and leaving open the possibility of playing one more year in his native Brazil, among other options.

The Lions’ captain will conclude his MLS career when Orlando City hosts the Columbus Crew Sunday at 5 p.m., skipping the season finale at Philadelphia Oct. 21, a spokesman for the club told the Orlando Sentinel.

Kaká will still play in a friendly match with Puerto Rico to benefit hurricane victims after Orlando City’s season concludes.

“I will honor this jersey ’til the end as always,” Kaká said.

His father was among those close to Kaká who attended the press conference Wednesday, along with longtime friend and Orlando City teammate Antonio Nocerino.

Orlando City majority owner Flávio Augusto da Silva and CEO Alex Leitão sat on either side of Kaká during the announcement and thankss him for his contributions to the club.

“This is your home and these doors will always be open to you. This is your home and your name will always be honored in this building,” Augusto da Silva said.

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