The 27-year old soccer player Kaka's $89 million move from AC Milan to Real Madrid has smashed Real Madrid's previous transfer record of $75 million paid for Zindine Zidane in 2001.
Barcelona did what they could to "warn" Kaka against moving to Real Madrid, but the deal was already sealed at that point. According to Kaka the deal had been in the pipeline for some time.
I wanted this move to be announced sooner. For me it's a relief that it has been announced now, although I have always be 100 per cent focussed on the national side.Earlier this year Manchester City offered twice as much for Kaka, but it was mid-season in Italy and Kaka didn't want to leave mid-season. Now he is moving to Real Madrid to advance his soccer career and save AC Milan's financial crisis.
Now another chance came up and AC Milan is in a big crisis (financially). For me, the sporting project (at Madrid) is interesting and will be an important boost to continue my career in the highest level.It doesn't look like Real Madrid's shopping spree is stopping with the signing of Kaka. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, David Villa and Franck Ribery have also been linked to the Spanish capital club who appear to have no cap on their summer spending budget.
"The president (newly re-elected Florentino Perez) is already making contact (with potential signings) and is putting together a competitive team," said Kaka. "One which will try to once again become champions in Spain and Europe. That's why I chose Madrid."
Personally I hope Real Madrid will give Barcelona some serious competition next season.