English Premier League has always been a tough hunting ground for Brazilian footballers. Jose Mourinho said his team was lacking something when he signed Fred in July. The South American nation is a soccer powerhouse. It is estimated that almost every club in Europe has a player from the country. Today, let’s take a closer look at seven most successful Brazilians in Premier League history.
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The no-nonsense center-back Alex Rodrigo was a Chelsea player for eight years but he spent three of them at PSV due to work permit issues. When he finally allowed to play for the Blues, he formed a formidable partnership with John Terry. He will always be remembered for his powerful shots especially when taking free-kicks. He won 1 Premier League crown, 2 FA Cups and 1 Community Shield.
6. Willian Borges- Chelsea
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In August 2013, Chelsea paid £30 million to sign Willian Borges from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. The winger quickly established himself at Stamford Bridge. He is still going strong at the club today. In five years wearing the famous Blue colors, he has managed to lift 2 Premier League crowns, 1 FA Cup, and 1 League Cup. The 29-year-old playmaker will be a valuable addition to any team in Europe.
5. Oscar dos Santos- Chelsea
Year – 2012.
Chelsea v Juventus.
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In July 2012, Chelsea signed little known Oscar dos Santos from Brazilian club Internacional for £25 million. The midfielder appeared too small and weak for English football but his hard work covered all that in a flash. He went on to represent the Blues for four and half seasons. He managed to deliver 2 Premier League crowns, UEFA Europa League in 2013, and League Cup in 2014/15. The 26-year-old decided to ditch European football for Chinese money at Shanghai SIPG.
4.Gilberto Silva- Arsenal
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Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva managed to achieve what many Brazilian had struggled to do in England. The defensive midfielder who could also play as a centre-back was a key member of the 2004 ‘Invincible’ team. He was also in the 2006 team that lost to Barcelona in UEFA Champions League final. In six seasons with the Gunners, he won 1 Premier League title, 2 FA Cups, 2 Community Shields, and Champions League runners-up medal.