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Injured Kaka asks AC Milan “not to pay” him… as he pulls an ‘Onyewu’

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So, soccer skeptics across the globe must be lapping this up.

in his first game back with AC Milan after leaving Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer to rejoin his former club, Brazilian midfielder Kaka was forced off in the 70th minute with an injury.

After many injury-hit months in Madrid, soccer observers across the land will have been expecting this to happen sooner rather than later. But I don’t think many expected this next move from Kaka.

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As he recovers from a thigh injury picked up in the 2-2 draw with Torino, Kaka spoke with Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani and decided he didn’t want to receive any cash while he was on the treatment table.

That’s right. No cash.

“I don’t want anything from Milan, except for love and support, until I’m fully fit and ready to play,” Kaka said.”For this reason I have decided to suspend my current pay for this period of time. The only thing I ask is for the support and help to recover properly.”

And for the sake of his bank balance in the suave surroundings of the grand Northern Italian city, perhaps never a truer word was spoken by a soccer player.

“It is a difficult moment,” Kaka said. “But I have started to work on getting better and I hope to get back as quickly as possible.”

Onyewu also decided to ‘play without pay’ at AC Milan back in 2010.

His bank manager will certainly be hoping his recovery is swift.

It is indeed a noble gesture from the 31-year-old playmaker, who already reportedly sacrificed millions in wages from Madrid to join Milan in a desperate aim to reignite his career before the 2014 World Cup in his homeland. We all know his tale of woe at Madrid, as Kaka failed to live up to the heights after joining Los Galacticos for $84 million back in 2009.

Joining Milan on a free transfer less than four years later shows how far he has fallen, and even though the Brazilian won’t be short for cash after his mega move, deferring wages while injured is still an incredible good will gesture that is sure to get the adoring Milan fans behind him. Even though they already are.

But hold on… wait a minute. I believe Kaka is pulling an ‘Onyewu’ here. That’s right folks, cast your minds back to 2010 and U.S. international Oguchi Onyewu, who has seen more treatment tables than I’ve had hot dinners, played for AC Milan for free in order to try and reestablish his career with the Serie A giants.

Onyewu spent the entire 2009-10 season on the sideline with Milan and agreed a one-year extension to his contract, free of charge in a good will gesture. Needless to say at the time Milan were blown away.

“As was his [Onyewu] wish, which has been appreciated by the club, Onyewu has asked not to receive any type of wages,” AC Milan said in a statement. “This is an exemplary gesture that deserves our sincere congratulations.”

So, congratulations now go to Kaka, too.

Newcastle’s Krul on crutches after injury in Dutch win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Tim Krul of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.

Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.

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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.

Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.

The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.

McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.