Brazilian footballer Kaka to make marathon debut in Berlin | More sports News

BERLIN: Former World Cup-winning footballer kaka will make his Berlin Marathon debut on Sunday, saying he was “just as excited as before the football games”.
Kaka, who played for Real Madrid and AC Milan before retiring in 2017, said his father’s struggle with Covid-19 inspired him to run the marathon.
“He spent 45 days in hospital,” Kaka said at the Berlin Marathon press conference on Friday.
“Fortunately, he is with us today.”
Kaka’s father and brother will participate in the “family experience” of the marathon.
“He’s not going to run, he just walks, but we wanted him in this experience with us – it’s more of a family experience.”
Kaka said marathons are particularly special as sporting events because amateurs can compete alongside professionals.
“I’m very excited…Of course it’s completely different from those guys (pointing to the professionals), it’s something that’s really good in marathons.
“As an amateur athlete, I can race and be in the same field as the professionals.
“It’s something really special in marathons – afterwards I can say that the best of the marathon ran this time, and at the same time I was running with him.”
Kaka said he hoped for less than four hours.
“I want to run around 3 hours 40 minutes – if I feel good maybe I can do more,” added the 2002 World Cup winner.

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