Kaka, one of Orlando City’s most decorated players in team history, has announced he will not be returning to the organization for the 2018 in an announcement made Wednesday afternoon.

The impending departure ends Kaia’s three-year tenure with the Lions, in during his time Orlando City was not able to clinch a playoff berth. During his three season with Orlando City, Kaka has made 74 appearances with the Lions, scoring 24 goals and compiling 22 assists.

“I love this club, I love these guys, I love to be here, but as a soccer player, I’m not part of the club for next season,” Kaka said during a press conference streamed over Orlando City’s Periscope handle. “We don’t know, we never know what could happen. I could come back to be an ambassador of the club or a GM or as a coach in the future.”

Kaka, a former Real Madrid, AC Milan star left the press conference open ended on a potential return to Orlando City in the future. The 35-year old spoke about needing new challenges in his life and looking forward to whatever his role could be in the future.

“Family’s very important for me. Living in a country, different from my kids, is something that I put in the balance as well,” Kaka added. “I need, for my life and my career right now, new challenges and new motivation. This is the most important thing for me right now.”

This 2017 season has been a bit of a drop off for the former Brazilian national team member. Kaka has scored six goals, assisted on four others through 22 games played.

The Lions are coming off a bye week, as Orlando City’s most previous game action was a 0-0 draw against FC Dallas a couple weeks ago. The Lions return home this Sunday to face the Columbus Crew. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. at Orlando City Stadium.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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