A Brazilian football star is one of the most valuable commodities in modern football. The arrival of such a player causes supporters to wax lyrical about their new signing, especially if his name ends in "-inho."
For the last two decades, Brazilian imports have excited and delighted fans and neutrals alike with outrageous skills and abilities.
The Selecao have delivered some of the world's biggest talents, demonstrating their talents on the European stage, particularly in the Champions League.
However, critics of late would suggest that with the rapid globalisation of football, Brazilians have somehow lost their sheen. That they no longer excite loyal supporters if their club should be linked with one.
In accordance with this trend, the latest fashion in footballers seem to be diminutive Spanish attackers, with La Roja conquering all on the international stage.
And Brazil looks to have been left by the wayside.
But is that necessarily the case? A list of all major transfers involving Brazilians since 1990 has been compiled and split into decades for your perusal and judgment, in an effort to see just how popular Brazilian stars have been in football.
So let's start with the 1990s.
|1992||Bebeto||Vasco da Gama||Deportivo La Coruna||€0.7m||Transfermarkt|
|1995||Juninho Paulista||Sao Paulo||Middlesbrough||€5.5m||Transfermarkt|
|1996||Roberto Carlos||Inter||Real Madrid||€6m||Transfermarkt|
|1996||Rivaldo||Palmeiras||Deportivo La Coruna||€12m||Transfermarkt|
|1996||Ze Roberto||Portuguesa||Real Madrid||€9m||Transfermarkt|
|1996||Conceicao||Palmeiras||Deportivo La Coruna||€11m||Transfermarkt|
|1997||Rivaldo||Deportivo La Coruna||Barcelona||€23.5m||Transfermarkt|
|1998||Denilson||Sao Paulo||Real Betis||€31.5m||Transfermarkt|
The Brazilian influx in Europe got under way with €239 million worth of talent arriving or moving across the continent, with several World Cup stars in their midst.
Ronaldo alone fetched €48.5 million in transfer fees as he made the switch from Cruzeiro to PSV, who then sold him to Barcelona for a handsome profit, with a move to Inter coming a year later.
"O Fenomeno" was followed by the likes of Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and lesser luminaries such as Sonny Anderson and Amoroso to prove that Brazilians were up there with some of the most valuable players on the continent.
To put it all in perspective, Ronaldo and Denilson's moves to Inter and Real Betis, respectively, broke the world record in quick succession.
The 1990s were a good time to be a Brazilian, that's for certain. But did the turn of the millennium bring any changes?
|2000||Conceicao||Deportivo La Coruna||Real Madrid||€25m||Transfermarkt|
|2001||Amoroso||Parma||Borussia Dortmund||€25m||Sky Sports|
|2005||Julio Baptista||Sevilla||Real Madrid||€20m||Sambafoot|
|2007||Anderson||FC Porto||Manchester United||€30m||FC Porto|
|2007||Alexandre Pato||Internacional||AC Milan||€24m||CBC|
|2008||Robinho||Real Madrid||Manchester City||€40m||Telegraph|
|2008||Jo||CSKA Moscow||Manchester City||€21m||Guardian|
|2008||Hulk||Tokyo Verdy||FC Porto||€19m||Transfermarkt|
|2009||Kaka||AC Milan||Real Madrid||€65m||BBC|
|2009||Michel Bastos||Lille||Lyon||€18m||Sky Sports|
The 2000s got off to a relatively slow start where Brazilians were concerned, with only nine players moving in the first half of the decade for big fees.
But in the second half, the transfer market exploded.
Fifteen players changed clubs for huge amounts of money, putting the total up to €604.3 million for the decade, helped in no small way by Kaka's ludicrous €65 million fee, which still remains the highest fee paid for a Brazilian footballer.
Not bad at all as we headed into the 2010s.
|2010||Robinho||Manchester City||AC Milan||€21m||Telegraph|
|2010||Carlos Eduardo||Hoffenheim||Rubin Kazan||€20m||Goal.com|
|2010||Luiz Gustavo||Hoffenheim||Bayern Munich||€15m||CNN|
|2012||Hulk||FC Porto||Zenit St Petersburg||€40m||UEFA|
|2012||Lucas Moura||Sao Paulo||PSG||€45m||Independent|
|2012||Thiago Silva||AC Milan||PSG||€42m||Goal.com|
|2013||Alexandre Pato||AC Milan||Corinthians||€15m||Guardian|
There's clearly been an incredible boom in transfers involving Brazilians since 2010, with a staggering €522.5 million changing hands in just three years. That is set to increase even further with the 2013 summer transfer window yet to close.
Several more transfers could see it smash the €600 million barrier.
That tipping point could be reached this summer, with the likes of Hernanes, Luiz Gustavo, Bernard and Leandro Damiao all potential movers in the coming weeks.
Only three years into the 2010s, we are already set to break the total fees set in the 2000s, with the prospect of even more to come.
In addition to this, nine Brazilians are currently listed on the all-time transfer fees paid list compiled by Transfermarkt, with only Argentina coming close with seven.
So do Brazilian footballers still hold the same allure on the international stage?
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