Kaka opts out of Copa America Cup

By Xinhua

Rio De Janeiro : Brazilian footballer Kaka has asked the Brazilian Confederation of Football (CBF) not to select him for the national team for the Copa America Cup.

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The player argued that he was "tired", as he had not had a vacation since 2004. In 2005, while he was off duty at Milan, he played the Confederations Cup for Brazil, and in 2006 he took part in Germany's World Cup as a first choice for the team.

CBF stated they are also expecting a similar letter from Barcelona striker Ronaldinho who too had not gone on vacation since 2004.

Kaka was recently considered one of Milan's main assets to push the team to Europe's Champions League final against Liverpool.

He has been the top scorer of the 2007 League so far, with 10 goals. Following the frustrating World Cup, Kaka returned to the national team on the second friendly match under the command of the new head coach Dunga.

He was on the bench at the game against Argentina, but entered the field in the second half and scored an impressive goal, which ensured his participation in the six games that followed.

Next week Dunga will announce the team for the next friendly, to be held against England June 1 at Wembley Stadium in London.