World Cup 2010: Kaka Was Not Fully Fit In South Africa, Reveals Brazil’s Team Doctor

Kaka of Brazil is tackled by Nigel De Jong of the Netherlands during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Netherlands and Brazil at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on July 2, 2010 in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Brazil’s team doctor Jose Luiz Runco has admitted that Kaka was not fully fit for the World Cup and would not have played at a smaller tournament.

Brazil fell in the quarter-finals for the second successive World Cup after suffering a surprise 2-1 defeat to Holland, and Kaka struggled to find his best form during the tournament.

Kaka came into the tournament off the back of a disappointing first season with Real Madrid, which saw him miss more than six weeks due to a recurrent thigh injury.

Kaka was under the spotlight after his £54-million transfer from AC Milan and failed hit the heights which saw him crowned European footballer of the year in 2007.

“I suffered a lot since I got injured,” Kaka said.

Read Madrid’s supporters were quick to turn on their new signing and whistles and jeers were aimed in his direction during the Spanish side’s defeat to Lyon in the last 16 of the Champions League in March.

“They did it [whistle] in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Milan… it happens to all players. The fans are very emotional,” Kaka said.

Kaka failed to score in the World Cup and was also red-carded in the group stage win over Ivory Coast.


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