Top 5 Campeonato Brasileiro players: United's 'perfect solution' involved

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Srephen Pickering takes a look at the top five rated Campeonato Brasileiro players according to whoscored.com

5): Neuciano Gusmao (Cicinho) - Santos FC

The 25-year-old right back has been in instrumental form for Santos this season, playing in 25 of their 38 matches and 5 for Ponte Preta before his R$7m move in June.

Appearances - 30
Goals - 3
Assists - 5
Yellow cards - 8; Red cards - 1
Shots per Game - 0.5
Avg. Passes per Game - 36.8
Key Passes per Game - 1
Pass success % - 79.2
Dribbles per Game - 1.3
Tackles per Game - 3.3
Interceptions per Game - 2
Average Rating - 7.32

4): Nilton Ferreira Junior - Cruzeiro

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder really has been an inspired signing for 'A Raposa'. He was plucked from Brazil's second tear side Vasco Da Gama and has proven himself to be outstanding, helping Cruzeiro to their third ever Serie A title and their first since 2003.

Appearances - 30
Goals - 7
Assists - 1
Yellow cards - 6; Red cards 0
Shots per Game - 1.5
Avg. Passes per Game - 40.9
Key Passes per Game - 0.7
Pass success % - 83.5
Dribbles per Game - 1
Tackles per Game - 2.3
Interceptions per Game - 2.8
Average Rating - 7.39

3): Everton Ribeiro - Cruzeiro

The second Cruzeiro player to make the list is the Manchester United target that has claimed he is the perfect solution to United's lack of creativity and issued a 'come get me plea' to David Moyes. The player's agent has already revealed that talks have opened ahead of a potential £15m move and being named in this list will only improve his chances.

Appearances - 35
Goals - 7
Assists - 11
Yellow cards - 6; Red cards 0
Shots per Game - 2.1
Avg. Passes per Game - 40.8
Key Passes per Game - 2.3
Pass success % - 79.9
Dribbles per Game - 1.9
Tackles per Game - 1.7
Interceptions per Game - 0.6
Average Rating - 7.4

2): Cicero Santos - Santos FC

The 29-year-old former Wolfsburg player has been in terrific form this season, repaying the faith shown in him by Santos since his move in January. Despite the disappointment of finishing seventh - he is the second Santos player to make the list.

Appearances - 37
Goals - 15
Assists - 3
Yellow cards - 4; Red cards 0
Shots per Game - 2.6
Avg. Passes per Game - 52.9
Key Passes per Game - 1.3
Pass success % - 85.6
Dribbles per Game - 0.8
Tackles per Game - 1.4
Interceptions per Game - 0.9
Average Rating - 7.5

1): Anderson Vital Da Silva (Dede) - Cruzeiro

The 25-year-old defender becomes the third Cruzeiro player to make the list and the second to have transferred from Vasco Da Gama. The 6ft 4 defender is already a Brazilian international and has put himself in the window for a call-up going into his home country's World Cup finals. He has certainly showed the hunger and desire to be there in June, and I'm sure he will.

Appearances - 31
Goals - 2
Assists - 0
Yellow cards - 4; Red cards 0
Shots per Game - 1.1
Avg. Passes per Game - 45.2
Key Passes per Game - 0.2
Pass success % - 77.7
Dribbles per Game - 0.4
Tackles per Game - 1.9
Interceptions per Game - 2.5
Average Rating - 7.51

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