Here are five of the worst Brazilians to grace the Premier League - featuring former Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Middlesbrough, Arsenal and Leeds players.
With Tottenham Hotspur stepping up their pursuit of Samba star’s Willian and Leandro Damiao and QPR after Inter keeper Julio Cesar, how successful have Brazilians been in the past in the Premier League?
Here is our list of hits and misses starting with the ghosts of Brazilian past in our countdown of the Samba flops...
5. Julio Baptista
‘What’s that coming over the hill, Julio Baptista, Julio Baptista’ sang to the melody of Welsh band The Automatic’s one hit wonder ‘Monster’ is the choral chanting the fans succumb to in respect to the bulky midfielder-come-forward.
His physical presence was unquestionable, unless you were very brave, but his Premier League performances however were not.
Amounting just 3 goals in the competition despite star turns in the League Cup, Arsenal declined the option to buy and he returned to Real Madrid.
Joao Alves de Assis Silva, thankfully better known as simply ‘Jo’ was a goalscoring machine at CSKA Moscow before completing a club record £18million transfer to Manchester City (seems a pitiful sum now).
He struggled; never quite coming to terms with the Premier League and after being sent back from a loan spell at Everton after a breach of contract he was then shipped out to Galatasaray before returning to Brazil; where he is now banging them in again for Atletico Mineiro.
Only 25 however so don’t be surprised if we see his two-lettered name again.
3. Roque Junior
The 2002 World Cup winner arrived at Elland Road as an exciting loanee, arriving from AC Milan to fight relegation in a financially stricken Leeds United side.
However the-Yorkshire side conceded 24 times in Roque’s 7 appearances for the club and were promptly relegated to the Football League, where they still remain today.
The holding midfielder was the man who made Brazil’s World Cup winning side of 2002 tick as they went on to win the trophy.
After outbidding several other sides Manchester United snapped up one of the world’s top talents from Atletico Paranaense. Injuries and a series of woefully absent performances however spelled curtains for Kleberson and he was discarded to Besiktas after 2 forgetful seasons.
Despite his problems he went on to reclaim his place in the Brazilian team in 2009 and participated at the 2010 World Cup.
1. Afonso Alves
First he took Sweden by storm: then Holland scoring 45 goals in 39 games for Heerenveen; then he moved to Middlesbrough and well, it just didn’t happen did it.
Despite memorable Manchester moments such as the brace against United and the hat-trick against City he failed to live up to his lofty price tag and moved on to the Brazilian career rehabilitation centre that is Qatar; as Middlesbrough were relegated from the Premier League.
Other notable mentions include Ilan, Gomes, Mario Jardel and Bruno Perone and Robinho and Elano have been left out simply because I just couldn't decide if they were a hit or a miss...
But would Willian or Leandro Damiao join this list?
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