By Chineze Ogugua
In a period of departures in the MLS, former Brazil International Kaka will not be renewing his contract with Orlando City at the end of the year.
This comes after Andrea Pirlo announced his plans to leave New York City FC at the end of the season.
The former AC Milan and Real Madrid forward announced the end of his playing days with the club on Wednesday in a press statement.
“As you all know, my contract with Orlando City ends this year. My final decision is not to renew,”
“Of course, one of my dreams was to make the playoffs and maybe win the [MLS] Cup, but there is no disappointment with that. We can’t control results. But everything I could do as a professional, being here and fighting for this club, I think I did.”
“I will honor this jersey ’til the end as always,”
Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva on his part thanked Kaka for his service 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,”
Kaka’s final official game with Orlando will be on Sunday when the club hosts Columbus Crew.He will also play a friendly in Puerto Rico to benefit hurricane victims after the season ends.
During his time with Orlando City, he was a three-time MLS All-Star and their all-time leader in assists with 19 assists in addition to 25 goals all in 77 appearances.
Kaka will likely return to his boyhood club Sao Paulo in Brazil.