Football legend Sir Bobby Charlton visited the Bernabeu (03.05.2012) as global ambassador for Manchester United to present the ‘Corazón Classic Match” - my translation -
Q: This is now the home of Cristiano, whom you know very well … Sir Bobby: “He was a magnificent player with us (Manchester United). Very associative, targeted, a marvellous guy. For me it’s no surprise at all what he is achieving here with Real Madrid.”
Q: Is he living his best moments now? “No, he was in Manchester” … (laughs).
Q: Please explain. “Here his success didn’t come immediately, at first they booed him a bit sometimes. Am I right? At Old Trafford he was never booed.”
Q: Who will win the Golden Boot? The Portuguese or Messi? “I don’t know. But I like watching them play. Messi is a superb player, but for me he is not better than Cristiano.”
Interview with Brazilian TV presenter Luciano Huck - my translation -
Q: You always were a key player. How did you feel when watching Real Madrid winning from the bench? Kaká: “It’s a new feeling. I’m happy. It was another achievement for my career. It was nice despite not being the protagonist. But it is different from what I was used to. This gives me more motivation to become protagonist again.” Of course football is a team sport and all that you earn will depend very much on the group. But having a big impact on an achievement is an objective I have.”
Q: Not reaching the Champions League final and having missed a penalty was very painful? Kaká: “Wow, that was very painful. I also have some negative points in my career. When I lost the Champions League in 2005 with Milan, the elimination in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and now in the semifinals of the Champions League with Real Madrid, because this is a mark that I will carry for my whole life.”
Q: “How is Mourinho with you?” Kaká: “He is a guy who has helped me and given me opportunities. I do not want to leave Real Madrid.”
Q: And you never talked to him about your future at Real Madrid? Kaká: “No. We never talked about it, because the league is not over yet. We have two more games. I still have three years of my contract and I’ll keep doing my part.”
Q:True, but Di Maria was not his best self either. I know Mourinho. When he think this player is great, he's great, even if he messes up 100 times. If he thinks he's not, he's not. No matter how much improvement he has shown so far. Kaka is treat unfairly at Real Madrid, but as long as he's happy we're fine. Although that's not the case right now.
Q:there was no reason to substitute kaka! the whole team was playing bad! why did he got punished for it? Real Madrid have no respect for kaka!
I still see things more pragmatic. Mou wasn’t contented with everybody of course. But he can’t sub 10 men. I hate to say that, but Kaká was nearly invisible. So bringing on Xabi, Mou hoped for a better organisation in the game-play.
Until I have confirmed information from Real Madrid or Kaká himself, I don’t want to speculate. I only hope Kaká will stay. What makes me think positive was Kaká’s big joy at the celebrations and the affectionate hug he and Mou shared.
* Pipita and Xabi on for Kaká and Sahin. Kaká :o( * hopefully Xabi brings on more organisation * well, it doesn’t get better … * 57’ J. Cesar clears Karim’s strike to corner * 58’ Callejón on for Di Maria * 59’ Cristiano nearly scores * 62’ Cris’ free-kick into the wall * 63’ Cristiano too hasty, should have passed to Pipita * 70’ Pipita with the chest to Callejon, bit too long * 78’ shot Cristiano, corner * 79’ Hurtado wrestled Cristiano down in the box, penalty, “discussions” * 81’ Gooooooooooooooooooooooooal Cristiano!!! Brilliant and cool penalty * RM now with more pace and effort, want the victory * 88’ nice combination Cristiano-Pipita-Cristiano-Callejon, foul * 92’ own goal Cortés * Granada players lose their nerves, 2 red cards —> Not very entertaining performance. But we can pardon that because WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS !!! Important: Cristiano scored his penalty. No trauma here :o) Pichichi is gone, as Messi scored 4 goals tonight (2 penalties). But the 100 points record is possible with a win in the last match, so everything is fine. I am worried about Kaká …
Granada vs. Real Madrid, 05.05.2012 - first half 1:0
Goal: 5’ Jara
* Beautiful: The Granada players form a Pasillo (guard of honour) for the champions * Granada will make an effort, as they need 1 point to stay in La Liga * Marcelo captain, as Sergio is not in the squad and Iker on the bench * 5’ Goal Jara; Marcelo can’t catch him and Carvalho slips. * 6’ another fast attack Granada, defence with big problems, Marcelo saves in last second * wake up, boys! * 8’ first chance, header Cristiano, great pass from Marcelo * now Los Blancos better organised, Granada defending very concentrated * 16’ Kaká’s attempt goes high * 20’ Adan punches away the ball, twice in a row, bit insecure * Granada now with pressure, esp. Jara * 27’ Adan now with a great save * 35’ powerful shot Sahin, over the goal * 42’ another header Cristiano slightly high. What a leap! —> Quite boring first half. Real Madrid playing with unusual lineup. Granada of course with more effort, as they need 1 point to stay in La Liga. After winning the title, Los Blancos are without any pressure, so understandable it is not easy to be really focused. But a bit more entertainment in the second half would be nice.
Q:you know kaka for me is a real hero, he knows he is talented and he is on the end of his career and now just needs to play, but he always sits on the bench. above all the just smiles wherever you see him on the pitch on the bench or outside he is always happy and smiles!
I’m happy that Kaká is in the starting 11 today. Also, with 30 years of age I really hope that he is not yet at the end of his career.
I’m confident (as Cristiano would put it) that Kaká will stay.
“I feel incredibly happy. This is my first Spanish league title and I’m delighted about it. We’ve had a spectacular season and the fans deserve this. The team also deserves the title because we’ve played phenomenally well. I am very happy.”
“I wish to thank everyone here. We’re having a lot of fun and we want to win again next year to return.”
“There are two games left in the championship and we’ve achieved our objective of winning the league. I’m not too worried about not winning the Pichichi this year. We’ll see what happens in the end.”