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Kaká gives up pay during injury absence

[Tuesday, September 17, 2013 ]

AC Milan star Kaká has decided against receiving his wages until he is fit as he faces a spell on the sidelines.

Kaká was injured in first game for AC Milan since rejoining from Real Madrid
Kaká was injured in first game for AC Milan since rejoining from Real Madrid

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Kaká, playing his first competitive game since rejoining the Rossoneri from Real Madrid, suffered a left adductor problem during the second half of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Torino.

"You have probably read about my injury on the Milan website," the Brazilian said in a video addressed to the club's fans.

"(Saturday) was a bad day for me because in all honesty I was not expecting an injury like this. It was really bad and difficult for me.

"I have spoken at length with the club, with (Vice-President Adriano) Galliani and with the doctors to decide on a few things.

"In the end I decided that I don't want anything from Milan except for love and support until I am better, until I am fully fit and ready to play again.

"For this reason, I have decided to suspend my current pay for this period of time. The only thing I ask is for support and help to recover properly.

"I have already started my rehabilitation and I have to say that your support and everything I have heard over the last few days really drives me on and makes me determined to come back as soon as possible.

"It is a difficult moment, but I have started to work on getting better and I hope to be back as quickly as possible to bring some joy to all you fans out there and to myself too."

The sacrifice made by the 31-year-old will endear himself further to the Milan faithful, who were already enamoured of him following his decision to accept a major pay decrease in order to make his transfer happen.

"Kaká has made an extraordinary gesture in deciding not get paid while injured," Galliani told reporters.

"He deserves to be applauded. Kaka was crying because of his injury when I spoke with him on the phone yesterday. It's nothing to ashamed of."