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Lucas Paqueta: “Kaka’s my idol”

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AC Milan new signing Lucas Paqueta revealed his desire to follow in his “idol” Kaka’s footsteps during his own playing career

Despite reported interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, Paqueta chose to join Milan for a reported €35m fee from Brazilian side Flamengo.

The 21-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of most exciting talents in South American football and has been compared to Milan legend and fellow Brazilian Kaka.

Now Paqueta, who will officially join Milan on January 1 when the transfer window opens, revealed his admiration for Kaka.

“Kaka’s my idol,” said Paqueta, according to Football-Italia.

“He had a brilliant career and it’s clear that I’d like to follow in his footsteps, but I also want to tell my own story at Milan.

“I’d like to take his best traits did and do the best I can. I’ve already been to Milan and everything’s been very calm so far.

“It was a period of adaptation, also for my family. I hope to adapt as quickly as possible when I go back to Milan and help the team on the field.”

Kaka himself was a former midfielder who managed 104 goals and 65 assists in 307 appearances for Milan across all competitions.

The ex-Brazil international won the Serie A, Champions League, Club World Cup and Italian Super Cup at the San Siro.

The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner also had spells with Sao Paulo, Real Madrid and Orlando City before retiring in 2017.