Rossoneri rejoice as Kaka chooses club over cash
It was a wonderfully choreographed piece of theatre that would have done Barack Obama proud.
On a wet and windy Monday night in Milan, Silvio Berlusconi strolled out of his two-up, two-down to announce to the thoroughly soaked and sodden members of the press that Ã¢ÂÂKaka is staying with us. Money isnÃ¢ÂÂt everything.
Ã¢ÂÂThe negotiations were closed by myself and Kaka so all I can say is, long live Kaka.Ã¢ÂÂ
A little earlier in downtown Milan, the player had given the game away somewhat when he appeared in the window of his humble abode to wave his number 22 shirt at the fans gathered below, and give the general impression of a man who had dodged a long prison sentence.
"Alright, alright, I'll stay. Now let me get back to Deal or No Deal..."
By all accounts, the deal was on until well after 9pm before Manchester City finally threw in the towel, leaving Kaka glowing like a man spared some terrible evil.
There were the usual platitudes about how the fans, and especially the kids, had won him over and how he had never asked for a pay rise and so forth, but letÃ¢ÂÂs see how long this little love-in lasts.
The final decision was, of course, down to Kaka and not his father, but it can't be long before Real Madrid come calling once again.
After all, world domination is still the BrazilianÃ¢ÂÂs aim and, after Berlusconi admitted that times were tough even for a media mogul, which new faces will we see arriving at the San Siro to turn the Rossoneri back into genuine title contenders?
The names of Franck Ribery and Emmanuel Adebayor will all have to be jettisoned from the collective memory while Filippo Inzaghi, Andriy Shevchenko and Massimo AmbrosiniÃ¢ÂÂs weather-beaten mugs will be hanging around for some time to come.
There is little to suggest that the aging country-club atmosphere will change in the foreseeable future, so how will that sit with the ultra-ambitious 26-year-old?
Aww, isn't he adorable. The lion cub's not bad either...
It may not be a new era dawning, but there will be plenty of time for carping so letÃ¢ÂÂs celebrate on what is, after all, a historical day with some of the headlines in this morningÃ¢ÂÂs Italian sporting press reading.
Gazzetta dello Sport
Silvio: Ã¢ÂÂKaka staysÃ¢ÂÂ
Corriere dello Sport
Kaka: Ã¢ÂÂI am stayingÃ¢ÂÂ
Berlusconi: Ã¢ÂÂHe turned down City millionsÃ¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂKaka chooses MilanÃ¢ÂÂ
Of course, the Turin-based paperÃ¢ÂÂs main headline concerned Juventus.
Ã¢ÂÂBoom times for Juve as Inter crackÃ¢ÂÂ
Some things never change.
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