Can you guess which famous soccer number 10 player has the real name of Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite? The answer is the Brazilian wonder-boy Kaka, a midfielder who currently plays for Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. Growing up he played in Brazil, but in 2003 he moved to the powerhouse team of AC Milan for a contract worth 8.5 million Euros.
While at Milan, he won the Golden Ball award and the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2007. He now plays for Real Madrid.
Many people would be surprised to know that Kaka almost became paralyzed when he was 18. He had an accident in a swimming pool that fractured his spine, almost ending his career. Miraculously, he made a full recovery, which he attributes to the grace of God. Kaka is very devoutly religious and is a follower of the evangelical Rebirth in Christ Church.
He often wears t-shirts under his jersey with sayings about Jesus, and has God is FaithfulÃ® stitched into the tongues of his soccer shoes. As a number 10 player, he is a leader both on and off the field. He is also known for his humanitarian contributions, namely with the UN World Food Program.
Kaka has been a part of both the 2002 and 2006 World Cup. In 2002 he only played 25 minutes, which were in the first round. In 2006 he won a Man of the Match award for his impressive performance and goal against Croatia. He is known for making his dribbling look absolutely effortless, and he can accelerate at incredible speed when he is attacking open space.