Brazilian legend Kaka says that he learned more during his time playing for Carlo Ancelotti than he did working with Jose Mourinho.
The former midfielder – who won the Ballon d’Or in 2007 – spent six years with now-Everton boss Ancelotti at AC Milan before making the move to Madrid in 2009.
After his first boss at the Bernabeu, Manuel Pellegrini, left a year later, he was replaced by Mourinho, who Kaka played for for three years.
But speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Kaka appeared more impressed with Ancelotti’s methods than those of ‘The Special One’.
“Every coach that I had in my career, I learned something from them,” Kaka said.
“Everyone you work with can teach you something, whether it is tactically, technically or just something personal. But Carlo was the best one for me because he brought the very best out of me.”
When pressed on what he admired most about Ancelotti, Kaka said it was his man-management skills and ability to keep a big squad of players happy.
“The most impressive characteristic that he has got, in my opinion, is his ability to manage people,” he continued.
“Man-management is so important. Of course, he is really good with tactics and he understands the game and everything, but it was how he managed the players.
“You have a squad of 25 players and you can only put 11 on the field. What are you going to do with the others? How are you going to keep them motivated? He knew how to do that. Everywhere he goes, when he leaves, he leaves this nice feeling with the players’ hearts.”
Kaka also admitted that he initially struggled to adapt at Madrid, adding: “I had to change a little bit of my game.
“Real Madrid’s style is really aggressive so when we were winning 3-0, the supporters were still shouting for us to score more goals.
“This is Real Madrid’s style, really aggressive all the time. Sometimes you have to adapt.”