Kaká Stats | Milan vs. Celtic | Key Man | Datasheet
As two of Europe’s greatest clubs prepare to face off in the Champion’s League’s ‘Group of Champions‘ Chris Boud collates the stats on returning Milan legend, Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, or Kaká to most of us (Ricky to his adoring Milan fans). The former Ballon d’OR winner won’t feature against the hoops in Italy as he has suffered a left abductor injury and should be out of action for ten days but is he still a danger to Celtic’s (and Ajax’s & Barcelona’s) European aspirations?
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Looking over Kaká’s career stats it becomes obvious why he was so coveted by Europe’s wealthiest clubs. He has scored or assisted in a goal in 54% of games played for Milan, 56% of the games played for Real [even more impressive as he didn’t start almost a third of those games] and 57% of his games played for Brazil.
Kaká’s Performance in Europe’s premier competition should be even more concerning for Celtic manager Neil Lennon. The Brazilian has scored 23 goals and has 12 assists in 56 games. Kaká has impacted a goal in 63% of the Champion’s league games he has played for Milan. Like all of the greatest players it appears Kaká brings his best when it really matters.
Kaká has had a good time of it against the Scottish champions. As well as winning half of the games he has played against them he has scored 2 goals including his memorable extra time winner to put Milan past Celtic into the quarter finals in 2007. Kaká would go on to be the tournaments top scorer and lift the Champion’s League with Milan when they got a revenge victory over Liverpool in the final. Celtic fans may take solice in the fact Kaká has only managed to score or assist a goal in 33% of the games he has played against Celtic, about half of his usual impact for Milan in the competition.
Whilst Kaká’s former teammate and new Arsenal star, Mesut Özil, is widely considered one of the best transfers of the window Kaká’s move has been less heralded. Whilst Özil [one of the best players in the world] undoubtedly had a much better season last year, Kaká stacks up reasonably well, especially considering the number of substitution starts that he made.
Data Sources; WhoScored.com, transfermarkt.co.uk, wikipedia.com