The 10 great stars of Brasileirao 2021


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The 10 great stars of Brasileirao 2021

El Brasileirao, which from this October 16 will be able to live exclusively for the rest of South America by Star +, is one of the toughest tournaments on the continent. And also one of the highest level championships due to the hierarchy of the footballers that make it up. ESPN.com looks at 10 of its top figures below.

NACHO FERNANDEZ

Ignacio Fernández quickly earned a place in Brazilian soccer. The Argentine offensive midfielder arrived at Atlético Mineiro in March 2021 and immediately became a reference for Galo. Born in Gymnastics and Fencing in La Plata, Nacho shone in Marcelo Gallardo’s River, where he played for five years and won seven titles. Last February he went to Mineiro and in a short time he managed to be captain and benchmark. He even has a title in the new club, the 2021 Mineiro Championship.

GIORGIAN DE ARRASCAETA

He knows Brazilian football like few others. The Uruguayan midfielder emerged from Defensor Sporting, where he played three seasons, arrived in Cruzeiro in January 2015 and is currently one of the figures of Flamengo, a finalist team in the Copa Libertadores, a club with which he has already won the 2019 edition. Since 2014, De Arrascaeta has been part of the Uruguayan National Team, with which he played the 2018 World Cup in Russia. With Fla he has 10 titles, among which the Libertadores, the Brasileirao, the Recopa and the Carioca stand out, while with Cruzeiro was champion of the Brazil Cup and Minas Gerais.

RONY

The Palmeiras forward is one of the figures of Brazilian football. And a key piece in the scheme of the Portuguese coach Abel Ferreira. It is the destabilizing card of a team that often defends too close to its goal, and that depends on its hierarchy to carry out difficult games. Ronielson da Silva Barbosa, known as Rony, debuted in Remo and made his entire career in Brazil except for a brief stint, in 2017/2018, for football in Japan.

MIGUEL BORJA

The 28-year-old Colombian striker was in the sights of several clubs in the region at the start of this season, including Boca Juniors. After being loaned from Palmeiras to Junior de Barranquilla, where he stood out, Miguel Borja returned to Brasileirao, in this case to wear the Gremio shirt. With those of Porto Alegre, as with his National Team, he showed a great level at the beginning of the season due to his scoring ability, ratifying the great moment he is going through.

GUSTAVO GÓMEZ

Caudillo and captain, Gustavo Gómez is one of the great references of Palmeiras, the Libertadores champion team in the last edition and a finalist in this one. The 28-year-old Paraguayan defender, who is also the leader of his national team, arrived in Palmeiras in 2018, after a stint at Milan in Italy. In Lanús de Argentina he had established himself by his personality and firmness in the brand.

DIEGO COSTA

Without a doubt, Diego Costa is one of the footballers with the longest experience in Brasileirao. The forward arrived this season to wear, at 33, the colors of Atlético Mineiro, where he has teammates like Nacho Fernández and Hulk. In his long career in Europe he wore the colors of Atlético de Madrid and Chelsea, among other clubs. Nationalized Spanish, he also had the pleasure of playing two World Cups (Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018) with the Spanish National Team.

GABIGOL

His name is Gabriel Barbosa Almeida, but everyone knows him as Gabigol. He made his debut for Santos in the 2013 season, and after passing through Inter of Italy and Benfica, he returned to Brazil to put on the Flamengo jersey. Gabigol was decisive in the conquest of the 2019 Copa Libertadores del Mengao, where he scored both goals in the final against River, scoring both goals a few minutes before the end of the match. He is also part of the Tité Selection, where he fights for the position with Gabriel Jesús.

EDUARDO VARGAS

Eduardo Vargas is the second historical scorer of the Chilean National Team (40 goals in 102 games) and since 2020 he has been an Atlético Mineiro player, leader of Brasileirao and one of the teams that has been best strengthened in recent times. Vargas, 31, has a long history. He made his debut in 2006 in Cobreloa, and then went through Napoli, Gremio, Valencia and also through English and German football. At Mineiro he has 11 goals in 47 games.

FILIPE LUIS

Filipe Luis, at 36 years old, is one of the great figures of Brazilian football. The Flamengo defender is one of the pillars of the team that will fight again for the Copa Libertadores in the final against Palmeiras, as he did in 2019 against River, when he won it. The experience stands out in the figure of the defender, who made his debut in Figuerense and later had outstanding performances in Deportivo La Coruña, Atlético de Madrid and Chelsea. He has 21 titles in his career, including a Spanish League and a Premier League.

HULK

Hulk arrived in early 2021 to play for Atlético Mineiro, which at that time was led by Argentine Jorge Sampaoli. With a long career, the forward had a long journey after his debut in Vitoria in 2004: he went through Porto, Zenit and the leagues of Japan and China until his return to Brazil last January. With the Brazilian National Team he played the 2012 Olympic Games, the 2013 Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Copa América Centenario.


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