Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Kaka of old reappears in Mestalla

Kaka earned Man of the Match honors at Mestalla on Saturday. The Brazilian scored two goals and provided two assists in Real Madrid's 3-6 victory against Valencia. Completely recovered from injury, the former Ballon d'Or winner has looked like his old self in recent weeks.

After turning 29 on 22 April, Kaka celebrated his birthday in style at Mestalla one day later. Since returning from injury, the Brazilian midfielder has been in nothing short of sensational. He has scored back-to-back braces in La Liga and now has six goals in ten league matches played this season.

Mourinho had nothing but kind words for Kaka following the Valencia match. "Kaka played a great match in a position that I like a lot. It’s a position that he is used to. We need him and he needed the confidence that he gained from this match. People can see just how talented he is during the home stretch of this season," commented the manager in a clear vote of confidence for the midfielder.

Kaka has now scored 15 goals since joining Real Madrid, but beyond his scoring ability is his knack for providing assists. Higuain capitalized on two against Valencia with Kaka having added another 14 during the last two seasons.

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