You're right, it's really a pity that his game has got this slight decline. Everyone in Brazil have risked that by now (and by any means, no disrespect to Fener or the Turkish League, on the opposite. I think Fener did a great CL last year, and believe me when I say I was rooting for them ) he would be playing in a top class Serie A team or in the Premiership...
He's obviously better than the likes of Senderos, or Knezevic, or Rivas, or Loria for example. But I guess it's way better to be an uncontested starter for Fener, than to be an eternal benchwarmer, like those other guys.
I watched EVERY SINGLE (I really mean it) home game he played for SÃ£o Paulo FC, from the time he was acquired by the then president Marcelo Portugal GouvÃªia himself (without consulting any of his directors or the coach at the time, hence receiving the nickname "The President's Center Back") in 2004, until his departure in 2006. He is easily one of the greatest and most important CB's in the history of SPFC and is until this day idolized by all of the club's fans and the ultras. Had a rough time at his beginning, but in 2005 and 2006, he was a key player in all the trophys SPFC raised in those 2 years: Regional title, Libertadores Cup, FIFA World Club Cup (All 3 in 2005) and Brazilian Championship (2006).
His mentality WAS his greatest strength. Easily 94-95. Not anymore though. AND it must be said that, at those times, he played on a 3-5-2 scheme, where he was the middle CB. So he got more "help" than he gets today. I think his stats are pretty accurate, I would just add a single or a couple of points to these stats:
Defense - 86
Balance - 88
Stamina - 87
Response - 85
Header - 86 (strong and precise headers, scored a lot of those)
Maybe his passing skills are a just a little bit overrated. 1-2 points in each, IMO
And maybe lower his consistency down to 5, due to his latest slump. Had an awful away game against Bolivia for the WC Qualifiers on the last weeks, but scored a goal against Argentina so... what do you think?
marteen88 wrote:Attack: 65
A-SK wrote:His attack should be in the high 60s, this guy is scoring more goals than Guiza
A-SK wrote:Lugano deserves atleast 66, simple as. He score goals for fun in the league. He's more threatening from set pieces than anyone else.
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