Kaka talks boo boys, title race
Kaka today admitted that he has failed to live up to the €68.5m Real Madrid paid for him this season. With Los Merengues still locked in a tight battle with Barcelona for the La Liga crown, the Brazilian playmaker has conceded he could have played better this term, but blamed injuries for his failure to settle into the side.
"I'm not happy with my performance, but my problem is physical," he said. "I have suffered a lot since I arrived."
Kaka has just returned from six weeks out, with his appearance - and goal - against Real Zaragoza at the weekend his first since the UEFA Champions League defeat by Lyon in March. The former Sao Paulo and AC Milan player denied sustaining his troublesome thigh problem in that match, saying it happened in training subsequently.
"I was not hurt in the game," he said. "It was the following Saturday when I hit the ball I felt pain." The injury was slow to heal, leaving Real fans increasingly frustrated with a player who had already received boos for some lacklustre displays.
Kaka was briefly made the most expensive player in the world when he signed for the Madrid heayweights, only for his new club to break the record weeks later by signing Cristiano Ronaldo. While Real's exuberant spending spree has dramatically improved the squad and put them in a battle for the title with Barcelona, fans were hoping the 28-year-old former FIFA World Player would have a bigger impact, and the man himself has not been surprised to hear boos.
"I heard them in Sao Paulo and Milan, and now here," he said. "The fans are very emotional, and if things do not go as they want, the big-name players suffer. But I will bring them joy."
Kaka's sole focus now is to help Real catch Barcelona, who are only one point ahead with four games left. "We've got a great chance to win the league," he said.
"We think we can do it. A point is not much to overcome and we want to win all four of our remaining games."