Before the season started, the Brazilian midfielder Kaka looked like he was going to sit on the bench at Real Madrid as nobody would get near to the fee that Jose Mourinho was demanding for him. It would have effectively signalled the end of his international career with Brazil at the worst possible time, as they prepare for the Rio 2014 World Cup.
Whether it was the thought of missing out on the biggest football carnival the world has ever seen, or something that Mourinho said that got through to the 30-year old, but he has started to play again. His recent performances for Madrid earned him a call up to the national team for the first time in years.
Kaka played in the Brazil side that demolished Iraq in a friendly on Friday, and his performance has been highly praised. He scored a good goal and gave an assist and his new, younger team mates have said what a difference he makes to the team. Great news for Madrid, especially as Mesut Ozil has not been the same player this season.
Gonzalo Higuain picked up a hip injury in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay but it is not thought to be serious. He may even be ready to play against Chile on Tuesday.