In his first international match since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Kaka set up Chelsea midfielder Oscar for Brazil’s first goal before netting with a powerful left-foot finish from a tight angle after a trademark run from midfield.
“It has made me very happy to come back into the team, meet the young players and be a part of this new generation,” Kaka told Brazilian media after the match.
Oscar scored twice for Brazil while Hulk, Neymar and Lucas were also on the scoresheet in a one-sided display.
Brazil coach Mano Menezes opted to start the match without a center-forward, drawing comparisons with the systems adopted by Spain and Barcelona.
Despite the questionable quality of Iraq’s defence, the strategy worked and appears set to be adopted again by Menezes.
“I think it will depend on our opposition but it’s a way of playing and it came off,” Kaka said.
Neymar, who met Kaka for the first time on Tuesday, praised the Real Madrid star’s seamless return to the international scene.
“It was fantastic to have him in the team, he is a star,” Neymar said after the match. “We are only going to get stronger. The more we play together, the better we are going to mix as a team.”