Maria Sharapova’s message to Chelsea star

David Luiz

Maria Sharapova congratulates David Luiz on securing his place in Brazil’s 23-man World Cup squad.

Maria Sharapova may be supporting her country Russia at the 2014 World Cup finals in the summer, but she will have one eye on a certain Brazilian footballer.

Chelsea defender David Luiz is a charismatic figure, not just because of his hair, but due to his whole personality. And it appears that he has made the Russian tennis star his fan.

On Thursday, the versatile Brazil international, who can play both in defence and in midfield, was named in the 23-man Selecao squad. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari considers the 27-year-old as a key player and is likely to make him a first-team regular in his team in the tournament.

Following the announcement of the Brazil squad, Sharapova posted a congratulatory message on Twitter to Luiz, who replied in kind.

Brazil will be one of the favourites to win their home tournament. The South American giants have been pitted against Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A.

The hosts nation will begin their campaign against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12 and will then travel to Fortaleza to take on Mexico five days later.

Brazil will wrap up their group stage with a clash against African giants Cameroon on June 23.

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