Kaka reminded his doubters of his quality with a dazzingly display to inspire Real Madrid to a 5-1 victory over his former side AC Milan in the latest match of their pre-season tour of the US.
Madrid have enjoyed a goal-laden off season as they build towards defending their La Liga title and begin their quest for a 10th European crown.
Having beaten LA Galaxy by the same 5-1 scoreline and saw off Mexican side Santos Laguna, Madrid were back in the groove with a dominant performance that sends out an ominous warning ahead of the new campaign.
Kaka was architect of much of Madrid’s good work, laying on three assists for his team-mates including Cristiano Ronaldo who bagged a second half brace for Los Blancos.
The Brazilian has enduring a frustrating time in the Spanish capital since his then world record £56million move in 2009 and has been linked with a return to Italy with the Rossoneri.
Angel di Maria had given Madrid the lead with a 25-yard volley in the 24th minute before Robinho, who spent three years at the Bernabeu between 2005-2008, tied it for Milan nine minutes later.
Madrid turned the screw in the second half though with Ronaldo (2), Sergio Ramos and Jose Callejon all getting their names on the scoresheet as Madrid took complete control, registering 27 shots on goal compared to Milan’s eight.
Afterwards, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani admitted his side were facing an uphill battle in their attempts to bring Kaka back to the San Siro.
“Operation Kaka is a very complicated matter. I would say that it is nearly impossible. The costs are enormous, we are talking about very high wages,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.
Meanwhile, Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is hopeful Kaka will stay at the club. “The most important thing is that he is happy. He is a great player at a high level. If he stays, it would be perfect for me and if not we will notice the difference,” he said.