Kaká: broken neck was from God

Kaká: broken neck was from God

He’s now seen as one of the best footballers of all time, but it was very different for Brazilian star Kaká when a broken neck put him in bed for two months.

He hit his head on the bottom of a swimming pool, fracturing a neck vertebrae in an accident which could have left him paralysed. Instead, it was all in God’s plan for the then 18-year-old, who spent months in bed but has since given God the glory for the stunning career that followed.

Kaká, now aged 41, told Sports Spectrum: “Many people think that I became a Christian after the accident, but that is not true. My parents always taught me the Bible and its values, and also about Jesus Christ and faith.”

He was baptised aged 12, saying it was a pivotal moment in his faith.

“Little by little, I stopped simply hearing people talk about the Jesus my parents taught me. There came a time when I wanted to live my own experiences with God.”

The former attacking midfielder, who played for São Paulo, AC Milan, Real Madrid and won 92 caps with Brazil, says Christ remains central to his life after such on-field success.

“It may seem that I have everything,” he says. “Due to my wealth and fame, some people ask why or if I still need Jesus. The answer is simple: I need Jesus every day of my life.

“His Word, the Bible, tells me that without him, I can’t do anything. I really believe that. The ability to play football and all that has resulted from it are gifts from God. He has given me a talent to use for him.”

From New Life Newspaper issue 344 

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