Kaka has said he views his time at Real Madrid as one of the highlights of his life despite the “difficult moments” he endured prior to his return to AC Milan.
The Brazil international, 31, joined Madrid from Milan for €65 million in 2009 but was never able to establish himself as a first-team regular there and was allowed to return to the San Siro on a free transfer this week.
Nonetheless, Kaka has spoken of his pleasure at winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa during his time in Spain and thanked all at the club for their support.
In an open letter to Madridistas on his Twitter profile, he wrote: “Four seasons of work and dedication. In these four years wearing the Real’s white, I won three championships [trophies] and could enjoy the love and respect of a great club.
“Going back to Milan is a new page of my life, but I’ll keep in my heart all the great moments in Spain being sure that I did all my best for the success of the team. Being part of the history of such a great club like Real Madrid is one of the best parts of my life, even though I passed through some difficult moments.
“Let me thank you all, my colleagues, coaches, all the employees of Real Madrid, the management, the president Florentino Perez, all Real Madrid’s fans and all the others around the world that supported me through these years.
“Thank you very much and #HalaMadrid”