One of Brazil’s greatest ever defenders is hoping to end the most successful season of his club career by lifting the World Cup for a second time.
After nine years playing in the Bundesliga, ructions at Bayern Munich and a failure to offer him a new contract saw him up sticks and move to Inter Milan. He certainly enjoyed the last laugh over his old club as Inter defeated Bayern in the final of this season’s Champions League.
He and fellow centre-back Walter Samuel committed just two fouls between them as they completely snuffed out the threat from the Munich forwards.
His career started with Internacional in his homeland before he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, but he suffered Champions League heartbreak in 2002 when he was part of the team that lost to Real Madrid. His transfer in 2004 to Munich brought him three domestic league and cup doubles, and he made 144 appearances in the Bundesliga in total.
He has been made captain by Dunga, and has revelled in the role, lifting the 2007 Copa America and 2009 Confederations Cup titles. He helped Brazil keep four clean sheets as he played in every match on Brazil’s march to victory at the 2002 World Cup finals.
At the 2002 World Cup he was one of only three players, along with team-mates Marcos and Cafu, to play all 630 minutes of the tournament.
He and a handful of his teammates were warned by Fifa after they wore Christian T-shirts when celebrating their Confederations Cup win last year.
In the early stages of his career he was renowned for his fiery temper and in 2000 he punched his team-mate Roger at the Olympics.
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