As Kaka scored Orlando City SC’s 3rd goal over the LA Galaxy this weekend, he showed what a class act he truly is. After putting the ball in the back of the net, Kaka ran to the sideline and put on the kit of injured Trinidad international Kevin Molino who had torn his ACL in a match against Ponte Preta on May 2nd.
Riccardo Kaka, who has acquired a reputation as a leader wherever he has played, is taking on a similar role in Orlando. The experience gained during both spells at Milan and coming off the bench for Real Madrid are paying dividends as Kaka comes into his new role with the North American Lions.
Following the match, Kevin Molino posted on Instagram that he has "no words" after seeing the celebration. The former golden ball winner’s humility may make him the best ‘designated’ player the MLS has ever seen. In the past, top players have struggled to integrate into the technically inferior American game.
Kaka is cut from a different kind of fabric. Following the game Kaka said, “It’s a tough period for Kevin. I’ve been in this situation in the past, so I know how hard it is. It’s a long period, the team needs to be with him now, and everyone needs to be together, because he’s going to help us a lot next year. This period now, we need to help him.”
In its inaugural MLS season Orlando City SC has averaged a near perfect attendance at home games. This franchise looks set to break the traditional mold of MLS clubs struggling to get off the ground, and this can largely be credited to a player like Kaka playing in the city with America’s largest Brazilian diaspora. As he continues to embrace his role as a leader for both the community and the club, there is no telling what the future holds for the purple Lions.
To find out more about Kaka’s history as a humble leader on the pitch check out our STORY OF A LEGEND about him.