Orlando City designated player Kaka returned to international action for his native Brazil after more than a year and a half away from the squad yesterday, in a 2-0 victory over arch-rival Argentina. The friendly match took place in Beijing, China.
Kaka did not factor in the scoring, and in truth made little impact, entering in the 81st minute for Diego Tardelli, who scored both of Brazil’s goals. In a feel-good moment for the 32-year-old international star, teammate Neymar passed Kaka the captain’s armband upon his insertion into the match.
Kaká and Neymar. For many old fans, this is one of the major highlights of the game. pic.twitter.com/pZYKqXX89x
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) October 11, 2014
Argentina superstar Lionel Messi suffered a rare penalty miss in the contest, and his indignity continued after the match as Kaka gave him a sympathetic pat on the head.
Orlando City’s top signing (to date) could be back in action on Tuesday, when Brazil faces Japan in Singapore. The Japanese squad, led by former Mexico manager Javier Aguirre, will be without star man Shinji Kagawa (concussion-like symptoms).