Kaka expresses admiration for Ronaldo and MLS

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Kaka has every right to be in a bitter mood. Despite playing in a couple of friendlies for Brazil in 2013, the former World Player of the Year was one of the heavyweight casualties of Luis Felipe Scolari's 23-man World Cup squad.

But the 32-year-old was surprisingly pragmatic about his omission, even inferring that Big Phil actually did the right thing leaving him out. Kaka was in the crowd in Sao Paulo — the city where he began his career — for Brazil's World Cup opener and will be cheering his former Selecao teammates as they attempt to progress through the knockout rounds.

(Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

I was lucky enough to conduct a real-life edition of Ask Kaka at Flamengo's training facility in Rio on Friday. The Milan midfielder was charming, polite and in a good enough mood to speak to me in English — an apparent rarity with journalists.

[Photos: Candid moments inside the World Cup tunnel]

In the interview, he spoke of his experiences winning the World Cup in 2002, and revealed how much he looked up to (Brazilian) Ronaldo as a role model in the early portion of his career.

He also spoke positively about his admiration of soccer in America — something he may experience first-hand in the near future — and admitted he would love to have played in the Premier League, but feels that window may have closed.

Check out the interview in the video above.  

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Ryan Bailey is a writer for Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter!

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