Recession? What recession?
Real Madrid have announced they have completed the signing of Brazilian star Kaka from AC Milan on a six-year deal.
The fee is reported to be £56m, which would be a new world record in pounds, surpassing the £45.6m Madrid paid for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.
“It will be very difficult to fill the void that will be left by Kaka,” said an AC Milan statement.
“[He is] a shining example of professionalism and commitment.
“AC Milan thanked the man and the great champion Kaka for his decisive contribution to the many victories achieved in the six years of his commitment.” (BBC Sport)
This has been on the cards ever since Madrid President Florentino Perez started his empire building at the Bernabeu and once Carlo Ancelotti left AC Milan for Chelsea Kaka had another incentive/excuse to leave the San Siro. Granted it’s a huge fee, and one that is even more mind boggling given the financial climate and Man City for one must be gutted given that their bid for the Brazilian was significantly higher than the one that Real Madrid put in.
This fee smashes the previous record for a transfer fee and one would imagine that his wages would similarly outshine any previously forked out for a player but in many ways the 27 year old deserves it. He seems a very humble man who is devoutly religious and showed his Italian employers a great deal of loyalty during his epic six year spell. Perez knew he needed to deliver on his pre-election promises and in one single swoop he has done just that and also delivered a message of some vigour to treble winners Barcelona.
I am sure more Galaticos are sure to follow!