Kaká, soccer player
Ambassador Against Hunger
After winning the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, soccer star Kaká helped Italian team AC Milan win the Serie A title in 2003-2004 in his first season playing in the famously competitive soccer league. That was all before the age of 22.
When Kaká left his native Sao Paolo in July 2003 to join the Italian giants, few people outside of his native Brazil had heard of the promising young talent.
Over the next 12 months, however, Kaká inspired the side; in 30 league matches he scored 10 goals, and orchestrated the midfield with a skill that belied his youth and brought comparisons with all-time great Michel Platini of France.
In 2009, he moved to Real Madrid to continue his career with one of the most storied sides in soccer history.
As WFP’s youngest Ambassador Against Hunger, Kaká will use his profile as a successful international sportsman to help put the floodlights on global hunger.
"I owe a lot to soccer. Now I'd like to give something back and bring hope to hungry kids less fortunate than myself," he says.
Working with WFP is not the first time that the Brazilian has come face-to-face with hunger.
As a junior player with Sao Paolo Futebole Clube’s celebrated soccer academy, Kaká grew up with poor, undernourished children from the city’s urban slums.
"I hope my own experience can inspire hungry children to believe they can overcome the odds and lead a normal life," he says.
Profession: soccer player for Real Madrid and Brazil. Won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, and Italy's Serie A (2003-2004) and the UEFA Champions League (2006-2007) with AC Milan
WFP partner since: November 2004