The Da Silva twins reveal the pressure on the Brazil national team.
Manchester United defensive twins Fabio and Rafael Da Silva admit that the pressure put on the Brazil national team far exceeds that of England.
The brothers have both appeared for their country since making names for themselves at United, although Fabio has been on-loan at relegated QPR for the past 12 months.
It’s often argued that England continue to under-perform at major international tournaments because too much pressure is put on them by fans and the media.
Yet Fabio and Rafael reveal that in Brazil it is much worse for the players before they play a match.
“If 10 boys are born here, nine want to be a footballer,” Fabio was quoted in the Daily Mail.
“And all 10 dads want their boys to be footballers.”
“There is crazy pressure on Brazil, always,” admits Rafael.
The Brazilians host England at the newly reopened Maracana Stadium today for the second time in four months, after the Three Lions won the previous encounter at Wembley 2-1.
Rafael broke into the Red Devils starting XI in 2012/13 and was praised for how well the full-back performed during his first Premier League triumph at Old Trafford.
However, for Brazil the 22-year-old is still behind Barcelona’s Dani Alves in the pecking order at right-back and has won just two caps for the nation.
Despite being behind his brother’s progression at United Fabio also has two caps for Brazil, yet also has players ahead of him in the race to start with Real Madrid’s Marcelo and Chelsea’s David Luiz.