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AS Roma’s past cannot be enough nor can the strong link with AS Roma’s soccer to Brazilian soccer. You must have had other good reasons to accept the transfer to the capital. «At least two. First of all, the enlistment fee. I was pleased economically by an excellent offer.”
And the second aspect?
«The willingness to come to Europe, or actually, to come back after the negative experience at Helsingborg, in Sweden. I like European soccer and in particular, Italian soccer”.
When did you learn about Roma’s interest in you?
«At the beginning of April. My father gave me the news. Management had come to see me and started talks with Corinthians and during the Copa Libertadores an agreement was reached».
Who did you know in Roma?
«The team itself. For the quality of its champions. [...] On tv I had followed the most representative players, Totti and De Rossi, and clearly, I knew there were a lot of Brazilians».
Who is, according to you, the best defender in the world?
«Thiago Silva. Not only because he’s Brazilian. He has been the best for a while now ».
Grazia Maria Passer – AS Roma Times