Real Madrid's Brazilian international Kaka, who seems to have put an injury-plagued two years behind him, said Thursday that playing football is once again a joy for him.
Kaka joined Real from AC Milan at the end of the 2008/09 season for around €65 million, but a series of injuries stopped him from displaying the form that helped him win the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2007.
The 29-year-old appears to be back on track this season, scoring the second goal in Real's 3-0 UEFA Champions League win over Ajax last month and set-up French international Karim Benzema for the third.
"I am enjoying football again. During all this time that I was sideliend, injured, when things were not working out, the passsion for the game did not go away, but it fell asleep a bit," he said.
"Everything on the pitch seemed difficult for me and so football no longer was a pleasure. That is not the case now. Now it is a pleasure again, feeling the ball, the pitch."
Kaka said he thought of leaving Real last year to move to another country with a less competitive league, but decided to stay after repeatedly being told by coach Jose Mourinho that the team counted on him. "He always helped me, always," said Kaka.