No country has quite such a rich footballing history as Brazil, and that history has managed to extend itself to the four corners of the planet.
Such is the depth and quality of Brazilian football, that the country's players appear in leagues in almost every country imaginable. Where they appear, also, they generally make a significant impression.
It is the major leagues of Europe, and Champions League football, that generally sees the very best that the country has to offer. For the past 20 years, talent has drifted from Brazil to Europe in astounding numbers.
It has been on this stage, rather than in the Brasileirao and Copa Libertadores, that the modern Brazilian greats have made their names.
Let's, then, take a look at the best XI of Brazilians to have played in Europe.
n.b. The likes of Zico, Didi, Junior and Socrates all played in Europe and would get in this side if based on talent and overall achievement. However, I have also tried to factor in performances in Europe as a decisive element.