Being present at a World Cup is something very special for every player on the planet. Playing for a country like Brazil is not easy. Because the Seleção team is packed with all sorts of big stars, players who would be regulars on almost any other national team have no place in the Brazil squad.
The most recent example is Liverpool star Roberto Firmino, who didn’t make the squad for the 2022 World Cup, although the former Hoffenheimer could still be an absolute difference player.
The other Brazilian stars seemed well aware of the difficulty of finding a place in coach Tite’s squad. As a result, the kickers cheered exuberantly along with family and friends in front of televisions as the names were announced.
United star Antony is taking part in a World Cup for the first time. So did his Premier League colleague Richarlison, who buried his face in front of the television until his name was called. Did the abuser say a last prayer? At least it was heard.
Much like Richarlison, Newcastle star Bruno Guimarães paused for a moment before emotions boiled over in him and his loved ones.
But it’s not just European players who have been selected for the Winter World Cup. Everton Ribeiro plays for traditional Brazilian club Flamengo. The midfield partner in particular seems particularly happy with the appointment.
So many emotions without the tournament even starting? Brazil’s World Cup squad announcement makes this possible.