Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Man on the Post’s team of the Modern Millennium

Right Back 
King Cafu
Clubs - Sao Paulo , Real Zaragoza , Palmeiras , AC Milan 

Post By Tom Larner

Marcos Evangelista de Moraes is arguably the best right back to have ever played the game. More commonly known as Cafu, he was born and raised in the favelas of Sao Paulo. He was rejected by 5 Brazilian Premier League clubs as a youngster before he finally got his chance with his hometown club, Sao Paulo FC. After almost 100 league appearances, he had a short spell in Spain with Real Zaragoza, and back in Brazil with Palmeiras, one of the clubs that had rejected him in his younger days.


It wasn’t until he was 27 years old that he earned his big move to Serie A side Roma, who he won Serie A and the Coppa Italia with in 2001. By this time he was captain of his national team, and would go on to win 142 caps for Brazil, making him the most capped Brazilian of all time. He also won 2 World Cups in ’94 and ’02, along with 2 Copa Americas.


Despite being 33 years old, he signed for Italian giants AC Milan in 2003, and continued to impress with outstanding overlaps and marauding runs from right back. He became so famous from this, that there is even a YouTube video entirely dedicated to his overlapping runs down the right flank. His success was matched by winning both the Serie A and Coppa Italia again, as well as the Champions League, FIFA World Club Cup and 2 UEFA Super Cups. His career ended perfectly, as he scored for Milan in their 4-1 win over Udinese, in his last ever professional football match. Such was his influence in Italian football; the Milan vice-president has said the door is always open for him to return and work for them.

Amongst his personal achievements, he has been named South American Footballer of the Year and in Pele’s 125 Greatest Footballers. Along with several other Brazilian players such as Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Rivaldo he was part of one of the best generations for football in the history of the game.


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