On Tuesday morning, Real Madrid published the names of 23 players called up to the team’s first friendly of the 2012-13 pre-season schedule against Oviedo. Half-an-hour later, one name had been removed, that of Ricardo Kaka. Expected upon his 2009 arrival in the Spanish capital to be their leading light alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, the club were silently erasing his name from their plans in 2012.
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