From Sao Paulo to Spain: Six decades of Brazilians in La Liga

With world-class forwards like Bebeto, Romario, Evaristo, Neymar, Waldo and Vava not even making the cut for this Brazilians in La Liga gallery, it’s a reflection on just how many brilliant samba stars have made their names and careers in Spanish football.

Instead of picking a team stuffed full of genius attackers, this selection is a balanced 4-3-3 team which combines the traditional skills we associate with Brazilian forwards with some of the more physical defence-minded elements that every successful team needs.

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While Spain’s big two are unsurprisingly well-represented here, Atlético Madrid have a sizeable contingent of four players which reflects their strong tradition in acquiring South Americans.

In a nod to the near past, Deportivo La Coruna have two players included which reflects the important role that Brazilians played in their rise to the top of the Spanish game around the turn of the century.