Cafu claims Brazilian players overlooking ‘high mentality’ La Liga for Premier League will reduce their chance of winning the World Cup

Cafu claims players are brainwashed by the media into believing the Premier League is the best.


Cafu claims Brazilian players overlooking ‘high mentality’ La Liga for Premier League will reduce their chance of winning the World Cup

Real Madrid's Vini Jr., Cafu and Arsenel Martinelli (Images via SkySports)

The Premier League is regarded as one of the best leagues in the world. Players dream of joining teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and other English giants with the dream of playing among the best. In the current market, England is regarded as the best destination, with even mid-table teams signing stars from other leagues.

But, Brazilian legend, Cafu sees a negative side to this English migration. He claims that if more of his countrymen join the PL, the country will struggle in World Cups. Brazil has won 5 World Cups, with their latest coming in 2002. Since then they have failed to even reach the finals, with their best performance coming in 2014. They managed to reach the semi-finals but were battered 7-1 by eventual winners Germany. They finished 4th in that World Cup. 

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Cafu told journalist Ibrahim Sannie Daara that if players keep moving to England, Brazil’s chances of winning the World Cup will reduce. He further added that players are brainwashed by the media into believing the Premier League is the best in the world. 

I am afraid, the more we have Brazilians moving to the Premier League, the fewer chances for Brazil to win the World Cup. 
Cafu told Ibrahim Sannie Daara

The World Cup champion said he prefers Spain’s La Liga, where players have the mentality to reach finals and win. He believes the media in the country aren’t loud like England’s, where they only speak football. 

In La Liga, they don't have a mouth in front of TV cameras telling lies about Spanish players or hyping them to the world. They speak football there, not myth

Here are the best Brazilians in the Premier League right now

There are currently 33 Brazilians in the Premier League, with Fulham employing the most Brazilians. Some of these Brazilians are the best at their positions when compared to their fellow countrymen. Two of their best keepers, Ederson and Alisson, play for Manchester City and Liverpool. Three players in Arsenal’s starting XI are also Brazilian. 

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Premier League stars Alisson, Ederson and Gabriel Jesus chat after a match (Image via Rousing the Kop)

Top 10 Brazilians in the Premier League 

  1. Ederson (Manchester City, Goalkeeper): 231 Appearances, 106 Clean Sheets, 384 saves
  2. Alisson Becker (Liverpool, Goalkeeper): 187 Appearances, 82 Clean Sheets, 448 saves
  3. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal, Forward): 106 appearances, 28 goals, 14 assists 
  4. Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United, Midfielder):
  5. Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal, Forward): 195 appearances, 95 goals, 36 assists
  6. Gabriel Maghalaes (Arsenal, Defender): 109 appearances, 36 clean sheets 
  7. Lucas Paqueta (West Ham United, Midfielder): 42 Appearances, 6 goals, 4 assists
  8. Thiago Silva (Chelsea, Defender): 97 appearances, 29 clean sheets
  9. Joelinton (Newcastle United, Midfielder): 63 Appearances, 10 goals, 7 assists 
  10. Douglas Luiz  (Aston Villa, Midfielder): 155 appearances, 16 goals, 15 assists, 30 clean sheets 

Many Brazilians have won the Premier League as well. Former Arsenal midfielder, Gilberto Silva, won the World Cup in 2002. He was instrumental in Arsenal becoming Invincibles in 2003/04 as well. Chelsea’s Julian Belletti has also won the World Cup and the Premier League. 

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