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Classy tribute: Kaka honors Orlando City soccer teammate Kevin Molino with goal

Kaka is selfless and it’s something I’ve always loved about him.

In the 56th minute, Kaka put away a penalty – his 4th goal of the season – against LA Galaxy and did something classy: the Brazillian ran to the sideline and slipped on the jersey of teammate, Kevin Molino. Molino was lost for the season when he tore his ACL in the 18th minute in a friendly game against Ponte Preta on May 02nd.

Although the celebration earned Kaka a yellow card, it was well worth it. Speaking after the team’s 4-0 thumping of LA Galaxy, Kaka told reporters:

“I think it’s a tough period for Kevin. I’ve been in this situation in the past, so I know how hard it is. It’s a long period, the team needs to be with him now, everyone needs to be together, because he’s going to help us a lot next year. This period now, we need to help him.”

“This week he is going to have his surgery, later he will have a long recovery period. I’ve been through the same thing, other players here have, too,”

“We know how difficult this is and we have to be together for him. That’s why I dedicated that goal to Kevin Molino.”

There’s a reason I call him Beautiful Ricky because he simply is, inside and outside.

Molino took to his Instagram page to react, posting a photo of the celebration and captioning the photo, “No words.” Indeed. Recover well. Molino.

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