International Soccer Star, Kaká, Says He has No Fear of the Future
Brazilian Player Joins Forces with the I am Second Movement Prior to World Cup
PLANO, Texas, June 11, 2014 – Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká, shares his journey from his childhood in Brazil to international soccer star and how he’s overcome difficult moments professionally and personally in a new film produced by I am Second.
Kaká, considered one of the top soccer players in the world, having played for Spain’s Real Madrid and Italy’s A.C. Milan, began his career by helping lead the Brazilian National Soccer Team to the 2002 World Cup Championship. This was followed by subsequent victories that would eventually earn him almost every available honor, including European Player of the Year, the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year and a spot in 2008 TIME 100.
“I never imagined getting to a place I never thought I’d reach or conquering things I never thought I’d be able to conquer; as a soccer player I’ve won everything—collectively and individually,” said Kaká.
Yet, to many of his fans’ surprise, the soccer star would not get to return to his home country of Brazil to participate in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Still battling injuries, and for reasons known only by the Brazilian coach, Kaká was left off the 23-man Brazil squad for the 2014 tournament.
True to his character, the short-film premiering on iamsecond.com is a raw look at how he has handled some of his most disappointing moments, teaching him there is much more to life than his professional success and a greater love than that of soccer.
“I’m not afraid of anything. I’ve had some tough moments, particularly due to physical injuries, because it’s one of those situations where you can’t do many things,” said Kaká. “I learned to live each day waiting for God’s daily bread and by having faith that things could change in any given moment.”
The short film launches in conjunction with a month-long campaign by I am Second in partnership with the soccer player asking audiences to “Join Kaká” in giving hope and inspiration to worldwide audiences. Viewers can share the film on social media, take a 22-day challenge with Kaká, or put together local tournaments in their communities using I am Second resources. Resources available on iamsecond.com/JoinKaka.
ABOUT I AM SECOND
I am Second, a non-profit launched in 2008, features more than 100 films of athletes, actors, models, musicians, politicians and everyday people who have stepped in front of the camera and declared, “I am Second.” The website iamsecond.com and its Spanish counterpart yosoysegundo.com feature stories of hope and transformation.
For more information and to watch Kaká’s film, visit http://www.iamsecond.com.
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Note to Editors: For more information about Kaká please, visit http://alarryross.com/newsroom/i-am-second-newsroom-home/ or contact Kristin Cole at 972-267-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.