It must be nice as a footballer to have a choice when it comes to determining which nation you want to play for, especially if you have a number of offers on the table, though in the case of Brazil, were they perhaps too hasty to dismiss the following five players?
There are many nations who have the luxury of a considerable talent pool, though the argument is that sometimes they make too much of a snap judgement on players at a young age if the national team boss doesn’t spot their potential, or even vice-versa.
Brazil squad selection – a hard nut to crack
Brazil, though, who like a number of South American countries have links to Latin European nations, can list a number of players who slipped through the net, may well have won back-to-back World Cups over the last decade if some of these gems were included in their squads, despite having the likes of Ronaldinho.
At the peak of his powers, this gem who represented Portugal at national was considered to be one of the best players in his position in the world. During his tenure at Barcelona, his performances even eclipsed Xavi's and the service he provided to Ronaldinho would have seen a formidable partnership for Brazil if he had made them his number one choice.
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What a difference this man could have made in 2014 when Brazil, as the hosts were dumped out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage to eventual winners Germany in humiliating fashion. At the time, the South American side didn't exactly boast a wealth of top striking options and Costa, supplied by the likes of Neymar, Oscar and Willian could have certainly given Brazil a boost. As it is, Brazil's loss is Spain's gain. Image Source: insidespanishfootball.com
Arguably one of the best players in the world in his position three to four years ago and still doing a job at the highest level aged 34 for Real Madrid. Had he picked Brazil instead of Portugal, it could well have been a different story during that tournament.
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Eduardo da Silva
Perhaps one of the most polished and natural finishers in the Premier League at his best, it would have been a treat to see him in front of goal for Brazil considering the service he would have received. Image Source: 101greatgoals.com
Hitting his peak when Brazil's biggest weakness was a soft underbelly, Senna would have added much-needed steel to their midfield and provided a solid base to play football from. Image Source: goal.com
While he represented Brazil at U23 level, he decided to switch allegiances to turn out for Italy. Having played for Azzurri during the 2014 World Cup, Brazil may have fared better with him in midfield. Image Source: calciomercato.com
A striker who had great potential, he could have been a welcome addition to Brazil's attack in his earlier years. Image Source: cbc.ca
Brazil-born, though he made an effective defensive shield for Turkey throughout his international career. Image Source: football-pictures.net
A tricky attacking midfielder, he decided to turn out for Poland earning his first cap in 2008. Image Source: Twitter
While these players are across slightly different eras, there is no doubt each individual would have made an impact at tournaments for Brazil. Very often, just one tweak can make all of the difference, as we have seen time and again on the domestic stage.
Choosing just one player that Brazil could have done with though is somewhat of hard one, though for many the 2010 World Cup probably stands out. Lacking in central midfield, the inclusion of Senna might just have seen them go all the way, as Spain demonstrated.