PSG’s relationship with Brazilian footballers is longer than Copacabana Beach.
Okay, that’s a complete lie. We just wanted to jam that reference to Brazil in before we got too bogged down by football.
There have, though, been some brilliant Brazilians signed by PSG since the turn of the 21st century.
From Ronaldinho, who brought unbridled amounts of joy to the game, to David Luiz, who changed the way we look at centre-backs- for better or worse- Brazilians have had plenty to offer in Paris.
A certain Neymar could be arriving soon which would gazump any of his compatriots to have gone before him.
So let’s take this moment to remember some of the forgotten Brazilians who’ve pulled on the red and blue.
Vampeta (signed in 2001)
Vampeta joined PSG from Inter Milan in exchange for Stephane Dalmat, and it’s hard to tell who got the better end of the bargain.
Despite being an experienced Brazil international the midfielder failed to settle in Paris and ended up moving back home to Flamengo.
PSG fans watched on in surprise as Vampeta won the World Cup with Brazil a year after leaving, playing a part against Turkey in the opening game of the tournament.
Reinaldo (signed in 2001)
Hard of hearing PSG fans were over the moon when they signed Ronaldo, sorry Reinaldo, from Flamengo in 2001.
They needn’t have got excited as ten goals in two seasons was about as good as it got for the striker, who spent time on loan at Sao Paulo before leaving for Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol.
Aloisio (signed in 2001)
Aloisio was signed from Saint-Etienne where he’d been a steady if unspectacular striker.
His arrival was somewhat overshadowed given he joined during the same window that Ronaldinho completed his move from Gremio.
Twenty-four goals in 93 Ligue 1 games later Aloisio was off to join Rubin Kazan and continue a journeyman career that saw him play for a further 18 teams.
Paulo Cesar (signed in 2002)
Cesar’s first season in Paris following his move from Fluminense was such a success that he broke into the Brazilian national team, although he didn’t make the 2002 World Cup squad.
But then he caught a nasty case of the ol’ one-seaonintis.
Nine underwhelming games in the 2003/04 Ligue 1 season later he was back in Brazil with Santos for a loan spell, a move he’d repeat twice before joining Toulouse permanently.
Ceara (signed in 2007)
Ceara was flying up and down PSG’s right side as recently as 2012, although even the most hardened PSG fan would struggle to pick him out of a crowd.
He joined from Internacional in 2007 and stayed right up until the money came in.
The arrival of Qatari money and Carlo Ancelotti eventually saw him off with the defender returning to Brazil and joining Cruzeiro.
But he’ll always be able to say he was part of PSG’s 2008 winning Coupe de la Ligue side, and no amount of money can take that away from him.
Souza (signed in 2008)
Willamis de Souza Silva, or just plain Souza to his mates, joined PSG from Sao Paulo in 2008, but was back in Brazil with Gremio a year later.
Like his compatriot Ceara, he did have a bit of silverware to show for his troubles in the 2008 Coupe de la Ligue.
Fun fact: He was an unused sub in Sao Paulo’s win against Liverpool in the 2005 FIFA Club World Championships (okay, that was pretty boring).
Everton Santos (signed in 2008)
Proof that names containing two football clubs doesn’t always equal success, if you were wondering.
Santos joined PSG from Corinthians and played just two games in four years on the club’s books.
He’s actually still playing at Santa Cruz- a club nicknamed ‘The Most Beloved One’. That warms our hearts.
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