Born in Gama, Federal District, Brazil. His father was a civil engineer while his mother was an elementary school teacher. In 1994, he joined São Paulo youth academy. He made his professional debut for the club in 2000, going on to score 47 goals in 125 games.
In two spells with AC Milan(2003-2009, 2013-2014), he scored 104 in 233 games, also winning five trophies as well.
He joined Real Madrid in June 2009 for a transfer fee of €67 million. At the time, this was the second highest transfer fee (in euros) ever, behind only the €77.5 million (150 billion lire) fee for Zinedine Zidane. During his time with Los Blancos, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner scored 29 goals and provided 32 assists in 120 games in all competitions. He also played for Orlando City in the Major League Soccer.
He made his senior international debut for Brazil in 2002, and was selected for their victorious World Cup squad that year. He also represented his country at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He was also a member of Seleção squad that won the 2005 and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cups. In all(2002-2016), he scored 29 goals in 92 caps for Brazil.
The former attacking midfielder announced his retirement from the round leather game in December 2017. With success at club and international level, he is one of eight players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as “Kaká” is 38 today.