Fabio Cannavaro is a footballing legend and is regarded as one of the best defenders of all time.
Now retired, the 40-year-old former Italy international has been closely following the 2014 World Cup finals, and is not impressed with the defending that has been on show in Brazil.
In an interview with Marca, the former Juventus and Real Madrid star lamented that ‘there were too many goals in the group stage’ and also highlighted ‘many individual errors’.
Cannavaro will know – after all, he won both the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2006 largely for his flawless displays at the Germany World Cup.
However, when pressed on which of the defenders at the 2014 World Cup has impressed him the most, the former Parma star said: ‘For me, the best has been David Luiz’.
The ex-Inter Milan centre-back highlighted Luiz’s attacking forays, his two goals in the tournament and his defending.
Indeed, Luiz has had a good World Cup campaign so far – he has certainly been the most colourful and emotional of the Brazil players, and has looked far removed from the error-prone player he had come to be portrayed as at Chelsea.
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Luiz will have to be on top of his game on Tuesday when Brazil face Germany in the semi-final at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.
The 27-year-old, who largely played in midfield for Chelsea last season, will be partnered in central defence by Bayern Munich’s Dante, as Thiago Silva is suspended.
The former Benfica star, who joined Paris Saint-Germain from Chelsea before the World Cup, will have to step up and lead Brazil from the back against a Germany side brimming with confidence.