Samba boys have mesmerized the footballing world for generations. Being five-time world cup winners, they have unarguably been the most successful country in the world of football. Below is the list of some prominent Brazilians who have graced the Premier League since its inception in the early 90s.
7. David Luiz
"He's delivering calm, authoritative displays alongside Antonio Rudiger, his decision-making has improved enormously, and he acts as a springboard for a stream of attacks"@adrianjclarke analyses the impact of @ChelseaFC's renaissance man, David Luiz: https://t.co/ChPBLP8UAU pic.twitter.com/DSyzQqp9e8
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 15, 2018
Champions League winner of 2012, Luiz was also a key member of Chelsea’s 2013 Europa League and 2016-17 Premier League winning side. Primarily a defender but equally capable of playing in defensive midfield position mostly due to his technique, work rate, and passing range.
Most key passes in the Premier League this season:
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) November 9, 2018
Two-time premier league winner with Chelsea. Willian till date, has scored 47 goals in 254 appearances for the London club. Primarily known for his quick feet, sound technique, creativity, and proficiency from set pieces, he can’t miss out on this list.
5. Gilberto Silva
STAUNCH Gilberto Silva
The invisible wall.
£4.5m transfer fee
Never gave less then 100% in a Arsenal shirt
The foundation that the unbeaten season was built on.
— STAUNCH ARSENAL (@HIGHBURY_DAYS) June 2, 2018
An indispensable member of Arsenal’s invincible side of early 2000’s, Arsene Wenger signed Gilberto after his consistent performances for Brazil at 2002 World Cup. In his initial years at Arsenal, he formed a formidable midfield partnership with the club captain Patrick Vieira which coincided with one of the most successful periods in the clubs history.
Gilberto who mostly played the role of the defensive-minded midfielder left Arsenal to join Panathinaikos in July of 2008, taking home one Premier League, two FA Cups and a UEFA Champions League runner-up medal.
Classic Signings: Juninho to Middlesbrough pic.twitter.com/rPuXXTE0H6
— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) January 1, 2018
Considered by many as one of the greatest players to have played for Middlesbrough in the modern era, Juninho had three different spells in the Premier League, all of them with the North Yorkshire club. He was one of the first Brazilian footballers to achieve success on English soil.
Even though Boro got relegated during 1996-97, Juninho won Premier League Player of the season award. He left Boro the following season but came back in 1999 for his second spell and also had a third spell from 2002 to 2004. In 2002 he also helped his club win League Cup, the only major trophy that Middlesbrough has won in recent years.