“It’s not just midfielders and strikers, Brazil has many legendary full-backs.”
1NEWS – Brazil is known as one of the top soccer countries in the world. The country of Samba gave birth to many of the best players ever in international football. Not only attackers, midfielders, central defenders, or goalkeepers, but also full backs.
The full back (wing-back) role has changed drastically over time and has undergone many transitions over the years. It’s not the most attractive position because everyone always wants to be an attacking midfielder or a goalscoring striker.
Despite that lack of appeal, full back is one of the most important positions in football. Every club and national team is always trying to find a back winger with topnotch abilities, Brazil is no exception.
The Selecao are known for many great players at No.10 and No.9. But, that doesn’t mean they never had great players for No.2 and No.4. Several full-backs from the Samba country had attracted the attention of football fans around the world through their appearances and achievements.
Here are 5 of the best full-backs Brazil has had in the last 30 years.
5. Doula Maicon
Still active at the age of 40, Maicon was once the best full-back in Serie A. The peak of his career occurred at Inter Milan in 2006-2012. In 2009/2020, Maicon was part of the golden generation I Nerazzurri who won the treble by winning the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League.
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At international level, Maicon has 76 caps and 7 goals. He witnessed the perpetrators when Brazil won the 2004 and 2007 Copa America, 2005 and 2009 Confederations Cup, as well as the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup runners-up.
This cross from #Maicon ️
— Inter (@Inter_en) May 20, 2020
4. Marcelo Vieira
Marcelo is known worldwide for his offensive ability, guile and technical qualities. Marcelo plays primarily as a left wing-back or full-back, but can also operate as a left winger, or even in midfield.
His talent, grace, touch, and control on the ball, coupled with his speed, agility and dribbling skills, often see him overpowering opponents in one-on-one situations with elaborate gimmicks, such as step overs.
His explosive speed, energy and intelligent movement, both on and off the ball, also make him a dangerous threat on the counter-attack. He is able to penetrate between the opposing defense lines with attacking attacks, or rise from the left flank into good offensive positions from where he can receive the ball frequently, and provide wide for his team, essentially acting as an auxiliary striker.
Apart from that, his crossing ability, precise passing and eye for the last ball also allow him to serve as a secondary playmaker for his team. It allows him to connect with other players, create scoring opportunities and provide assists for his team-mates.
The result, four Champions League trophies and five La Liga with Real Madrid is enough to prove Marcelo’s true quality.
At international level, Cafu is one of the most accomplished players who cannot be denied. He was part of the evolution of the modern full-back in the 1990s to early 2000s. He is a brilliant player. His role as a full-back and his skill on the ball is perfect.
The owner of the name Marcos Evangelista de Morais helped Brazil win the 1994 and 2002 World Cups. That does not include the trophies presented to AS Roma and AC Milan in Italy, which includes two Serie A trophies (Roma and Milan) and one Champions League (Milan).
The start of a magical spell… ❤️
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 31, 2021
2. Dani Alves
Nine league titles across Europe, three Champions League wins with Barcelona, and recently earning a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics make Daniel Alves the player with the most trophy pools in the world. In total, 43 trophies.
Alves appeared when the game of football was developing. He’s a modern full-back that every coach needs. He could not defend only with defensive work, but was always diligent in attacking. His dribbling and crossing skills make him a formidable force on the right flank.
There is something more about the Brazilian that sets him apart from the rest. He has a lot of character and his strong determination makes Alves the ideal player for a club or national team that is desperate for success.
1. Roberto Carlos
No player in the history of modern football has the ability of Roberto Carlos on the left. He really is the full-back that all coaches need.
Carlos is very strong as a player, and very difficult to play against. He is capable of phenomenal free-kicks at times. Long-range bait with his left foot sometimes also directly penetrates the opponent’s net. So is the corner kick. The free-kick goal against France in 1997 is still remembered by people to this day.
His prowess is even more perfect because Carlos is also wallowing in club and national level trophies. With Real Madrid, he won four La Liga titles and the Champions League. While with Brazil, Carlos presented the 2002 World Cup, the 1997 and 1999 Copa America, and the 1997 Confederations Cup.
Just Roberto Carlos tearing up Japanese Futsal pic.twitter.com/Fjm8WLYtWn
— The Sun Football (@TheSunFootball) August 30, 2021
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