New Orlando City star midfielder and 2007 Ballon d'Or winner Kaká has played for some of the best clubs in the world, from Real Madrid to AC Milan to São Paulo, to say nothing of the Brazilian national team. At the end of our recent one-on-one interview, I gave him the Rapid-Fire Quiz:
SI: What's the accomplishment you’re most proud of?
Kaká: Winning the World Cup in 2002.
SI: What's the best goal of your career?
Kaká: Against Manchester United in 2007.
SI: Who is the best player you’ve ever played against?
Kaká: Zinédine Zidane. An amazing player. Unbelievable.
SI: Who is the toughest goalkeeper you’ve faced?
Kaká: Oliver Kahn. He was very good and a tough guy. Very German.
SI: Who is the toughest defender you’ve faced?
Kaká: One I played together with was Paolo Maldini. For me he’s the best one, as a player and a professional and a person. Always motivated to win. When we won the Champions League in 2007, it was his fifth Champions League. It was my first. So I was very happy to win my first, and he was very happy to win his fifth! I thought: This guy is amazing. He has the motivation just to win. I learned a lot of things from him.
SI: What's your take on Ronaldo being a part-owner of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and maybe coming back to play again?
Kaká: I said to him: ‘Ronaldo, you have to do one year of no eating and drinking to play again!’ (laughs) But he’s an amazing guy, very nice. Probably he will play, I think. He didn’t say anything, but at least training with the team, I think he will. He’s a smart guy. For the image it’s good.
SI: Who is the person you most want to meet in the United States?
Kaká: Maybe Michael Jordan. That would be great. I read a lot of books about him when I was young.