Kaká retires: where does he rank among the Brazil greats?

A 2007 UEFA Champions League winner with AC Milan, Kaká has retired from football at the age of 35; see how he ranks among Brazil's most successful European players.

Kaká has hung up his boots at the age of 35
Kaká has hung up his boots at the age of 35 ©Getty Images

Most appearances by Brazilians in European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
128: Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
109: Dani Alves (Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus)
97: Maxwell (Ajax, Internazionale, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain)
88: Kaká (Real Madrid, AC Milan)
85: Lúcio (Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern München, Internazionale, Juventus)
82: Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City)
82: Marcelo (Real Madrid)
78: Rivaldo (Barcelona, Milan, Olympiacos)
76: Dida (Milan)
73: Giovani Elber (Bayern Munchen, Olympique Lyonnais)

Top-scoring Brazilians in European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
31: Rivaldo (Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos, AEK Athens)
30: Kaká (Real Madrid, AC Milan)
28: Jardel (Porto, Galatasaray)
27: Giovane Elber (Bayern München, Lyon)
27: Neymar (Barcelona, Paris)
24: José Altafini (AC Milan, Juventus)
22: Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moskva)
20: Hulk (Porto, Zenit)
20: Romário (PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona)
18: Adriano (Internazionale, AS Roma)
18: Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon)
18: Ronaldinho (Barcelona, AC Milan)

Roberto Carlos: 144 UEFA appearances
Roberto Carlos: 144 UEFA appearances©Bongarts

Most appearances by Brazilians in UEFA club competitions*
150: Dani Alves (Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus)
144:
Roberto Carlos (Internazionale, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe)
127: Luisão (Benfica)
113: Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City)
102: Maxwell (Ajax, Internazionale, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain)
99:
Lúcio (Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern München, Internazionale Milano, Juventus)
98: Rivaldo (Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos, AEK Athens)
96: Zé Roberto (Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern München, Hamburger)
95: Adriano (Sevilla, Barcelona, Beşiktaş)
94: Kaká (Real Madrid, AC Milan)

Sonny Anderson: 40 UEFA competition goals
Sonny Anderson: 40 UEFA competition goals©Getty Images

Top-scoring Brazilians in UEFA club competitions*
40: Sonny Anderson (Servette, Monaco, Barcelona, Lyon, Villarreal)
39: Rivaldo (Barcelona, AC Milan, Olympiacos)
37: Ronaldo (PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Internazionale, Real Madrid, AC Milan)
36: Jardel (Porto, Galatasaray, Sporting CP)
33: Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moskva)
32: Giovane Elber (Grasshopper Club, Stuttgart, Bayern München, Lyon)
32: Hulk (Porto, Zenit)
31: Kaká (Real Madrid, AC Milan)
30: Vágner Love (CSKA Moskva)
30: José Altafini (AC Milan, Juventus)
27: Ronaldinho (Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan)
27: Neymar (Barcelona, Paris)

José Altafini wins 1963 final for Milan
José Altafini wins 1963 final for Milan

First Brazilian to feature in major UEFA final
Julinho (Real Madrid 2-0 Fiorentina, 1956/57 European Cup final)

First Brazilian to feature for winning side in major UEFA final
Canário (Real Madrid 7-3 Frankfurt, 1959/60 European Cup final)

First Brazilian to score in major UEFA final
José Altafini (AC Milan 2-1 Benfica, 1962/63 European Cup final)

First Brazilian to score in/win UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League final
Tita (Bayer Leverkusen 3-3agg Espanyol, aet Leverkusen win 3-2 on pens, 1987/88)

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup, European/South American Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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