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Brazil legend Kaka hangs up his boots

Kaka is a World Cup winner. Credit: PA

Former Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid playmaker Kaka has retired from football.

The 35-year-old was a free agent after leaving MLS outfit Orlando City in October and, despite reported interest from his former clubs Milan and Sao Paulo, he has decided to hang up his boots.

In a tweet posted on Sunday the Champions League winner wrote: "It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I'm now ready for the next journey."

Kaka was 21 when Serie A giants Milan brought him to Italy from Sao Paulo and in seven seasons with the Rossoneri he scored 95 goals across all competitions, conquering Europe in 2007.

He joined Real for 67 million euros in 2009 but a series of injuries badly affected his years at the Bernabeu and he returned to Milan on a free transfer ahead of the 2013-14 season.

A brief stint back with Sao Paulo preceded three MLS campaigns with Orlando, for whom he enjoyed individual success despite limited results for the Florida franchise.

Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil, scoring 29 goals and featuring at three World Cups, forming part of the squad that lifted the trophy in 2002.


Vince: We must believe England can retain Ashes

James Vince hit 55 in his latest innings. Credit: PA

James Vince hopes England can remain in the Ashes despite the fact his rearguard effort was cut off by a devilish crack in the WACA pitch as Mitchell Starc served up an unplayable delivery.

England's stylish number three was in the process of building the most important innings of his Test career to date, just when the tourists needed him most.

But after unfurling 12 trademark boundaries, he was bowled off-stump when left-armer Starc hit a crack from round the wicket and found deviation Vince admits would have defeated him every time.

Vince was down on his luck but not on himself as he reflected after the fourth day on England's perilous situation - still 127 runs behind and seriously up against it to bat out the match.

"We have two guys (Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan) at the crease who spent a lot of time there in the first innings. We have to have belief we can stay in the series," he said.

"It's still frustrating to get out, but it's easier to take than the ones where you feel like you're at fault yourself. If I faced that another 20 or 30 times, I think it would get me out every time."

Bayern Munich stopped Clement getting England role

Paul Clement was stopped from joining England by Bayern Munich. Credit: Clement

Paul Clement has revealed how he was prevented from joining Sam Allardyce's England coaching staff ahead of their Goodison Park reunion.

Clement comes up against Allardyce in the Premier League on Monday night when his Swansea side travel to Everton - but the two men almost ended up working together after England's Euro 2016 humiliation.

New England boss Allardyce wanted Clement, then Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Bayern Munich, to join his coaching team at St George's Park before the German giants blocked the move.

"We were so close to working with each other, but Bayern said no," Clement said ahead of bottom-placed Swansea's trip to Merseyside.

"It was always only going to be a part-time role, I was not going to leave Bayern.

"I understood why Bayern said no. They wanted me to concentrate solely on Bayern and rightly so with a club of that size.

"But I was disappointed because it would have been a great honour to work with the national team.

"So Sam appointed Craig Shakespeare and now they are working together at Everton."

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