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It's a mouthful to say his birth name of Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite. At a young age, his little brother couldn't pronounce Ricardo so he helped the world out by tabbing the big bro Kaká. Now a professional footballer (soccer player) for Real Madrid, the Brazilian sensation has grown up and so has his net worth that is estimated at $241,155,200.
Kaká found out early in his life that playing the beautiful game seemed like a gift from God for him. He survived a traumatic swimming pool accident when he was 10-years-old to become one of Brazil's most decorated national players. In addition, with his early work as a player in Sao Paulo, teams all over Europe cringed their brows and widened their eyes. It didn't take long for an Italian club with money to come a calling.
From 2001-2001, Kaká played for his home club of Sao Paulo. There he appeared in 59 games and finding the back of the net 23 times. From 2003-2009, Kaká became a member of the Italian club Milan. During his 193 appearances, he scored 70 times. Real Madrid had to have him so in 2009, they wooed him over with a world record ₤56 million contract where he has accumulated 20 goals in 60 appearances. Through these years, he has always maintained his allegiance to Brazil's national team, who last won the World Cup in 2002. During his 82 appearances for the national team, the ball has confounded goalkeepers 27 times. In 2007, Kaká claimed the coveted Balloon d'Or as FIFA's Player of the Year.
Kaká is the Brazilian Tim Tebow. Dedicated to his religious upbringing, he is unafraid to announce and pronounce his servitude to God. He has been married to a childhood sweetheart since 2005 and Kaká seems to repel trouble with a heavenly glow.
With his good looks and calm demeanor, he has been able to score a number of endorsement deals consistently. He models for Armani and hocks for Adidas. Whether or not his legacy will continue depends on his rehabilitation efforts. He has been recovering from knee surgery as we head into the thick of preparation for the World Cup on his home pitches.