Brazil football legend, Cafu, has aimed a dig on English media for brainwashing Brazil players unlike the LaLiga.
According to Cafu, English media exaggerate the qualities of players, including Brazil nationals playing in the league.
In a rather candid but gloomy admission, Cafu added Brazil will not win the World Cup if more Brazil players continue playing in the Premier League because they are deceived on the actual quality of their performance.
Moreover, the 52-year-old contrast the half-baked media analysis in the Premier League to the LaLiga. According to him, Brazil players in the LaLiga are not bamboozled because the media there tell you what you are.
”I am afraid, the more we have Brazilians moving to the Premier League, the fewer chances of Brazil winning the World Cup.
“Imagine being brainwashed every week by the media that you are the best in the world when you are not the best.
“In LaLiga, they don’t have a mouth in front of TV Cameras telling lies about players or hyping them to the world. They speak football there not myth,” he said.
Cafu’s opinion on the effect of English media on Brazil World Cup chances is open to debate by pundits.
Brazil 25-man 2022 World Cup squad had 11 Premier League players, more than players from other leagues.
Manchester United trio Casemiro, Fred, and Antony made Brazil 2022 World Cup squad. Two of the goalkeepers – Ederson and Alisson Becker were from two top clubs in England – Manchester City and Liverpool.
Thiago Silva of Chelsea made the defense. Arsenal duo Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli were called up in the attack, including Richarlison of Tottenham.
Fabinho (Liverpool), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham), and Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United) were called up in the midfield.
However, it will still be difficult to draw correlation between Brazil World Cup fortunes and the impact of the English media.
The Selecao lost on penalties to Croatia in the quarterfinals after settling for a 1-1 draw at full and extra-time.
Who is Cafu?
Cafu is former Brazilian professional footballer who played as a right-back for Brazil national team and for top clubs in Europe. His real name is Marcos Evangelista de Morais but is popularly known in the media and amidst football fans as Cafu.
Cafu bore every attribute of an ideal defender during his football career. He was known for his speed and strength. When attacking on the right-flank, he was unstoppable.
Born on 7 June, 1952 in Sao Paulo, Cafu started his youth career with the Nacional-SP, Portuguesa, and Sao Paulo.
He made his first senior club appearance for Sao Paulo in 1989, winning 95 caps with the club, scoring 6 goals.
His first stint in European club football was with Real Zaragoza of Spain in 1995. After just 16 appearances for the club, he returned to Brazil to play for Juventude and Palmeira before returning to Europe.
In his second stint in Europe, Cafu established his career in Serie A playing for Roma and AC Milan.
He made 163 appearances for Roma, scoring 5 goals and 119 appearances for AC Milan, scoring 4 goals.
After 458 appearances and 15 goals in club football, Cafu ended his career at AC Milan in 2008.
He is a two-time World Cup winner and a two time Copa America winner with Brazil national team. He won 142 caps with the Selecao, scoring 5 goals before he called time on his international career in 2006.
Cafu is one of the most decorated Brazil former footballers. He won six trophies with Sao Paulo, the UEFA Cup Winners Cup with Real Zaragoza, Serie A with Roma, Serie A, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup with AC Milan.
Cafu got married to his wife Regina Feliciano in 1987. They had two sons, Danilo and Wellington, and a daughter, Michelle.
Danilo, his first son, reportedly died of heart attack in 2019 at 30 after he collapsed while playing football in his family home.