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Official: Kaka to play his last game on Sunday

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Former Ballon D’Or winner Kaka has confirmed he is to leave current club Orlando City at the end of the MLS season – but has not said if he will be retiring from football.

Kaka’s contract with the American club will expire in December and he confirmed in a news conference that he will not be extending it.

Earlier this month, Orlando City said they were in talks about Kaka returning for a fourth season. However, the former Ballon d’Or winner announced the end of his playing days with the club on Wednesday, saying his first “cycle” with Orlando was done.

“As you all know, my contract with Orlando City ends this year. My final decision is not to renew,” the 35-year-old Kaka said.

Kaka’s final official game with Orlando will be on Sunday when the club hosts Columbus Crew SC and will skip the season finale against in Philadelphia on Oct. 21.

He will then play a friendly in Puerto Rico to benefit hurricane victims after the season ends.

The Brazilian, named the world’s best player in 2007 – the last man other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to be given the honour – had earlier in the week admitted he was losing the ‘happiness’ which came with playing football.

Kaka has made 44 appearances for City, scoring 15 goals, since joining the MLS side in 2014 from AC Milan.

It was at Milan where Kaka enjoyed the bulk of his success. He had two spells at the San Siro, and in the first – between 2003 and 2009 – he won the Ballon D’Or, the Champions League, Serie A, the UEFA Supercup and the Club World Cup.