Now this revelation must come back to haunt Real Madrid. Goal.com quotes super agent Wagner Ribeiro saying that the Spanish giants could have signed the best player of the world for just £4 million six years ago.
Ribiero says that Real had the chance to sign Kaka from Sao Paulo in 2002 when the Brazilian ace impressed in his 20 minute spell for a World XI against Real Madrid. But the then Real Madrid president Florentino Perez turned down the offer.
Kaka played 20 minutes for the world selection against Real Madrid and scored a goal. We spoke with Florentino Perez, who said that he wanted Kaka. Two months later, I spoke with Jorge Valdano, who was the manager then and he said that he also would like to sign Kaka, but at that moment they had [Zinedine] Zidane and [Luis] Figo and Kaka would not play. Back then he would have cost £4 million.
Now Kaka’s price is over £4o million. Not that Real cannot afford it, but AC Milan wouldn’t let the player go at any price at all.
Oh, you must know that Real Madrid weren’t the only one to reject Kaka early in his career. A certain Arsene Wenger too failed to notice the player when he paid a visit to Brazil in 1999. At that stage, Kaka would have cost next to nothing!