Ah, carnival, carnival!  The best Brazilians in the history of the RPL

Ah, carnival, carnival! The best Brazilians in the history of the RPL

Vagner Love

Our partner edition “Playmaker” remembersstarting, of course, with Wagner Love.

Winner of the 2005 UEFA Cup, 3-time Russian champion, 6-time winner of the Russian Cup… All this is the legendary Vagner Love, whose career in CSKA lasted more than eight years (with three returns!) and still causes bouts of nostalgia among army fans. Only in the RPL, Love played 169 matches for the club and scored 85 goals – this is a record for Brazilians in our championship!

Today Wagner is 38 years old. He plays for Sport Recife and admits in an interview that he dreams of ending his career at CSKA. A year ago, rumors about the fourth army comeback of the Brazilian really went. But then something went wrong. Maybe grow together this season? With all due respect to Fedor Chalov and Anton Zabolotny, today’s CSKA cannot be called a complete line of attack. There are no such masters as Love in it.

Hulk

97 RPL matches for Zenit and the title of the most expensive player in the history of our league. The redemption of the Hulk from Porto in 2012 cost the St. Petersburg team 60 million euros (although, with commissions, the amount reached 100 million), and the deal turned out to be very profitable. Taking into account all the tournaments, the “bodybuilder” from Brazil scored 77 goals for Zenit, winning the championship, Cup and Super Cup of Russia and flashing in the Champions League. In 2016, Hulk was sold to Shanghai SIPG for 55.8 million. Thus, Zenit practically “recaptured” the costs of, perhaps, the main star of our football.

Welliton

“Welliton left and there was no one to drink with,” said TV presenter Victoria Bonya, with whom the Brazilian striker had an affair. Spartak bought Welliton in 2007 – the Goiás club was paid 6 million euros. In six seasons with the red-and-whites, the striker won the RPL scorer race twice (in total, the Brazilian scored 57 times in the championship) and led the team to silver three times, which would be considered a great success in modern times. In August 2011, Welliton became a member of an unpleasant episode, colliding with Igor Akinfeev, who tore ligaments in his knee and was out for six months. However, the CSKA goalkeeper did not hold a grudge against the Brazilian, who wrote his name in the history of the RPL and Spartak.

Wanderson

This striker left Russia in 2017 as a Dynamo player, but became a legend in Krasnodar, for which he played 5 bright seasons, becoming the top scorer of the RPL-2012/13 and the third sniper in the history of the bulls. At the same time, he himself has always positioned himself as a playmaker: “I am a team player. I do my best on the field to make it easier for my teammates. I go to the stroke, I give transfers. It doesn’t matter if I score. It is important whether the team scores,” said Wanderson (not to be confused with his “namesake” Wanderson Maciel, who also left a deep mark on the history of Krasnodar in 2017-2022). And he also claimed that the favelas where he grew up motivate to get out into the people like nothing else.

Jo

“It is too cold in Russia. If it weren’t for the money, I wouldn’t have come here, ”the striker said when he ended up in CSKA at the age of 18. However, in three years, Jo became the idol of army fans, scoring 47 goals (30 in the RPL, 14 of which occurred in the first round of the debut season). It is no coincidence that the Brazilian went straight from Moscow to Manchester City for a record £18 million for the club at that time! True, the ex-star of CSKA did not go to the Premier League. The media called the transfer “the worst in history”. Which does not negate the brightest Russian segment of Jo’s career, who still plays football in his homeland.

Daniel Carvalho

When CSKA won the UEFA Cup in 2005, the team’s game, along with Vagner Love, was determined by another, perhaps even more talented Brazilian. Daniel Carvalho was a real “football computer” – and it is not by chance that he scored three assists in the legendary final against Sporting. In the RPL, Carvalho assisted partners 30 times: among the Brazilians, only Love and Hulk did this more often, who played much more matches.

It is a pity that the rise of Carvalho was short-lived. The player was not friends with discipline and quickly gained weight without realizing his incredible potential to the end. But Daniel remembered Russia forever. This is how he recalled the reception with the president after the triumph in the UEFA Cup: “… We had no idea what Putin meant to the Russians. We in Brazil don’t have that kind of admiration for the president. When we arrived, our translator was not allowed into the Kremlin. As a result, we did not really understand what was happening and just sat … Then Wagner began to mint the ball so that the president would join. For us it was natural – Brazilian style. And Putin took it well, he also juggled a couple of times.”

Robson

One of the first Brazilian legionnaires in the Russian championship. Robson began playing for Spartak in 1997 and played 148 matches for the team (102 in the RPL), scoring 41 goals (32) and becoming a five-time Russian champion. In November 2000, Robson took part in the legendary defeat of Arsenal (4:1) in the Champions League. One of the balls was chalked up by Maksimka, as the Brazilian was called by the fans of the red-and-whites. Today, when Robson sometimes comes to Moscow, he immediately finds himself in the ring of admirers. This striker is still adored. He is a symbol of the Romantsev “Spartak” of the late 90s – early zero.

Mauricio

Six seasons in Grozny, two more in Zenit. Mauricio, although he did not have outstanding team results in the RPL, still remains the Brazilian record holder for the number of matches in the RPL (192). It is possible that this result will be improved. In May, after the end of the contract with Panathinaikos, Mauricio, through his agent, expressed his readiness to return to Russia. Where not so many of his compatriots are performing now: only 11, 7 of which defend the colors of Zenit. But there were times when the number of Brazilians in Russia reached 27…

Roberto Carlos

The 2002 world champion was 37 when he signed a contract with Anji in 2011. Suleiman Kerimov personally participated in the negotiations, who then invested fabulous money in the Makhachkala project. Roberto Carlos played 25 matches for Anji, scoring three goals and making four assists. But most importantly, the star veteran provided advertising for all Russian football. Unfortunately, in our country, the great Brazilian has not escaped racist attacks. In Samara, a fan threw a banana in his direction. However, Carlos was not offended. And later he always remembered the RPL experience with warmth.

Joaozinho

If Mario Fernandez became a legend of Russian football as a player of our national team (therefore, in the above statistics, the ex-soldier is not counted as a Brazilian), then Joaozinho, although he received a Russian passport, did not play for the national team. This, however, did not prevent the fans from including him in the symbolic team of the decade of Krasnodar. After that, the nimble Brazilian played for Dynamo, and is now assigned to Sochi, where a couple of years ago he was at the center of either a real or a fake scandal. After the match with Spartak, Joaoozinho, as claimed by the red-and-whites, kicked Andreas Hinkel, one of the coaches of the capital’s club, in the box. The Brazilian himself denied everything: “Did I kick? Some nonsense. The Spartacists lost 0:1 and therefore were nervous, they told us offensive things.

Source: Sovsport

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