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Kaka: “The expectations were extreme in Madrid”

Kaka spoke about his time with Real Madrid as he said that the pressure was enormous but despite that, he is happy that he was given a chance to play at Santiago Bernabeu and to be a part of the Spanish giant’s squad.

The former AC Milan player insisted that ‘everything gets taken to extremes’ in Madrid but he is grateful for this amazing experience even though he wasn’t a stable part of the starting eleven during his time in the capital of Spain. He managed to score 29 goals in 120 games for Real though and he made an impact – not as big as expected but he did.

The Brazilian spoke about his experience as he said, according to Goal: “At Real Madrid, everything gets taken to extremes, as much for the good things as the bad things, so you have to adapt to the way that the press and the fans live through different situations.  For a player, it’s an amazing experience to be at Real Madrid. I matured a lot there, principally as a person.”

The former Brazil international also claimed that he wasn’t that successful as he was expected to be and the same thing also happened to James after him: “As a player you make changes that you think are going to work out in one way and for a number of reasons it doesn’t pan out as you hoped it would.  What happened to James and to me can happen to any player and not just at Real Madrid.”

Kaka tried to defend James as it wasn’t entirely his fault: “James didn’t forget how to play football. He is still a fantastic player and he’ll find his best form again at his new club and I’m sure he’ll continue to play well for Colombia.  Football is getting quicker all the time but players like James know how to adapt. He is already accustomed to a faster style of football. It mustn’t be forgotten that he was the best player at the last World Cup.”