Dani Alves has been criticized for lacking consistency and being defensively fragile when dealing with pacy wingers, but in the second half of last season, the veteran stepped up when it mattered the most, in decisive Champions League knockout tie against FC Barcelona and AS Monaco.
Alves might be getting old, but during his peak days, he was arguably the best fullback in the world, and it seems that he is still willing to challenge himself and to pull one more season at high level. He makes 6 on the top 10 best brazzillian soccer players
7. Thiago Silva
Definitely one of the best brazzilian fotball players right now.
In normal circumstances two years ago, Thiago Silva’s place would have certainly been in the top 5. However, his injury woes have increased which means that Silva has not been able to show his best level on a constant basis.
However, he remains Brazil’s best center back. Dominant in aerial duels, a monster in the penalty box and one of the best deep-lying play-makers in activity, the Paris Saint Germain captain needs to remain-injury free if he was to earn one last shot at the FIFA World Cup.
8. Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino had an inconsistent season at Liverpool, but he starts the new one with 3 goals and 3 assists in just 5 games. After taking the number nine shirt, it seems that the 25-year old is finally determined to improve his goal-scoring figures, as Jurgen Klopp has officially named him the first-option penalty taker.
Firmino’s overall link-up play, movement and play-making skills were never short of impressive, but extra goals were the only aspect missing in his game. With a top campaign at Anfield, Firmino easily has the potential to reach a higher position in the top 10.
Willian hit his peak in between 2015 and early 2016, and was in that period, arguably, the best performer at Brazil’s national team and Chelsea.
However, his club performances have regressed and the Brazilian has lost his place in the starting lineup to Spain international Pedro, whom Antonio Conte seems to favour. Willian remains an experienced player who would be of good use as super sub for many national teams.
Fabinho has just come out of his best season ever in professional football, after helping AS Monaco clinch the French league title from the hands of Paris Saint Germain.
The 23-year old was capable of making the transition from right back to central midfield, and is now considered one of the best under 23 players at his position. Fabinho needs another season at the top level, in order to earn a higher position in the top 10.