With the talent at their exposure Brazil must be favourites for the World Cup.
It has been too long since we have seen a really strong Brazilian side performing at football’s biggest tournament.
And it is a crying shame.
However, now it looks like OG Ronaldo has given the perfect explanation as to why they haven’t reached the lofty heights of when he was leading the line.
It does not make pretty reading for the players that have occupied the Selecao’s no.9 role since Adriano was last capped in 2010.
Ronaldo is Brazil’s second-top goal scorer ever and used to eat defenders for breakfast.
He had all the skills required to be the best – unrivalled footwork, an unholy burst of speed for his size and the physical presence to bully four defenders at once.
He was a true titan of the game and he knows what it takes to be a great striker for Brazil.
But, he says Brazil have not had a great striker since the similarly physical and technically-gifted Adriano retired from international football.
Fenomeno said: “Gabriel is ready to be the next no.9 of Brazil, the last great was Adriano.”
The former Real Madrid and Barcelona makes a fair point when you look at the list.
So, who exactly is Ronaldo saying hasn’t been a great?
The names include: Julio Baptista, Luis Fabiano, Alexandre Pato, Fred, Hulk and Neymar.
Taking Neymar out of the equation, none of those names are really World Cup-winning quality.
Worry not Brazil fans.
Ronaldo pointed to Jesus as the saviour for your proud nation.
Man City’s Gabriel Jesus has developed at an alarmingly quick rate to become the starting striker for the national team and hold down a place in Pep Guardiola team.
Everyone both in Manchester and Brazil are on tenterhooks to find out the seriousness of Jesus’ injury he picked up against Crystal Palace.
Initially it was reported he could be out for the season and possibly miss the World Cup.
Thankfully, it appears to be less serious and we could yet see Jesus giving Germany a taste of their own medicine come July.
Fingers crossed for you, Gab.