Kaká will address his future with the Orlando City Soccer Club during a press conference today.
The Lions’ captain and top designated player is concluding the final year of his contract with the Major League Soccer club and entered the week weighing whether to retire, return for another season or play a final year in his native Brazil.
Orlando City SC announced Kaká will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. alongside majority owner Flávio Augusto da Silva and CEO Alex Leitão at the team’s stadium. No further details about the event were disclosed.
Rumors on social media, particularly among Brazilian outlets, suggest the captain will announce his retirement.
If he retires or leaves for a club in Brazil, Kaká’s final home game with Orlando City would be Sunday against the Columbus Crew. Kickoff for the match is at 5 p.m. and it will air locally on WRDQ-Channel 27. The Lions will play their final game of the season on the road the following week against the Philadelphia Union.
Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão told the Orlando Sentinel last week the club made the former FIFA Ballon d’Or winner — who leads MLS with a $7.167 million contract — an offer for next season.
“Yeah, he talked to me and expressed his desire to play another year,” Leitão said Thursday. “We gave him an offer and now he’s with his family. … I think he’s thinking about the offer we gave him and we’re just waiting for a response.”
Leitão has been friends with Kaká for 16 years, and he was hopeful a deal could meet the needs of both Orlando City and the player who has been the face of the club for the past three seasons.
“If it’s not going to be good for one of the parties, it’s not going to happen and we’ll both understand,” Leitão said, “It’s a friendship, and a guy that I respect a lot. So, I’ll always be cheering for him and wishing him the best. Again, he has to look for his interests and I have…