International Football

Do Brazilian Football Stars Still Hold the Same Allure Internationally?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Neymar of Brazil celebrates as he scores their second goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Callum FoxContributor IIIJuly 26, 2013

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.

YearPlayerFromToFeeSource
1990AldairBenficaRoma€9mTransfermarkt
1991MazinhoBragantinoBayern Munich€1.8mTransfermarkt
1992BebetoVasco da GamaDeportivo La Coruna€0.7mTransfermarkt
1993RomarioPSV Barcelona€12mTransfermarkt
1994RonaldoCruzeiroPSV€5.5mTransfermarkt
1995Roberto CarlosPalmeirasInter€3.5mTransfermarkt
1995Juninho PaulistaSao PauloMiddlesbrough€5.5mTransfermarkt
1996RonaldoPSV Barcelona€15mTransfermarkt
1996Roberto CarlosInterReal Madrid€6mTransfermarkt
1996RivaldoPalmeirasDeportivo La Coruna€12mTransfermarkt
1996Ze RobertoPortuguesaReal Madrid€9mTransfermarkt
1996ConceicaoPalmeirasDeportivo La Coruna€11mTransfermarkt
1997RivaldoDeportivo La CorunaBarcelona€23.5mTransfermarkt
1997RonaldoBarcelonaInter€28mTransfermarkt
1997Sonny AndersonMonacoBarcelona€18mTransfermarkt
1998DenilsonSao PauloReal Betis€31.5mTransfermarkt
1999AmorosoUdineseParma€28mTransfermarkt
1999Sonny AndersonBarcelonaLyon€19mTransfermarkt

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?

YearPlayerFromToFeeSource
2000ConceicaoDeportivo La CorunaReal Madrid€25mTransfermarkt
2000LucasAtletico-PR Rennes€21.3mTransfermarkt
2000JardelFC PortoGalatasaray€16mTransfermarkt
2000EmersonRomaBayer Leverkusen€20mTransfermarkt
2001AmorosoParmaBorussia Dortmund€25mSky Sports
2001GeovanniCruzeiroBarcelona€21mTransfermarkt
2002RonaldoInterReal Madrid€35mSI
2003RonaldinhoPSGBarcelona€30mABC
2004EmersonRomaJuventus€28mCNN
2005Julio BaptistaSevillaReal Madrid€20mSambafoot
2005RobinhoSantosReal Madrid€22.5mESPN
2005FredCruzeiroLyon€15mSambafoot
2007AndersonFC PortoManchester United€30mFC Porto
2007Alexandre PatoInternacionalAC Milan€24mCBC
2008RonaldinhoBarcelonaAC Milan€21mGuardian
2008RobinhoReal MadridManchester City€40mTelegraph
2008Dani AlvesSevillaBarcelona€33mTelegraph
2008JoCSKA MoscowManchester City€21mGuardian
2008HulkTokyo VerdyFC Porto€19mTransfermarkt
2009KakaAC MilanReal Madrid€65mBBC
2009Felipe MeloFiorentinaJuventus€20mGoal.com
2009Michel BastosLilleLyon€18mSky Sports
2009DiegoWerder BremenJuventus€24.5mGoal.com
2009NilmarInternacionalVillarreal€10mReuters

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.

ClubPlayerFromToFeeSource
2010RamiresCruzeiroChelsea€22mGuardian
2010RobinhoManchester CityAC Milan€21mTelegraph
2010Carlos EduardoHoffenheimRubin Kazan€20mGoal.com
2010Luiz GustavoHoffenheimBayern Munich€15mCNN
2010DiegoJuventusWolfsburg€15.5mDW
2011David LuizBenficaChelsea€25mESPN
2012OscarInternacionalChelsea€29mBBC
2012HulkFC PortoZenit St Petersburg€40mUEFA
2012Lucas MouraSao PauloPSG€45mIndependent
2012Thiago SilvaAC Milan PSG€42mGoal.com
2012TaisonMetalistShakhtar€20mGuardian
2013NeymarSantosBarcelona€57mGoal.com
2013FernandinhoShakhtarManchester City€40mGoal.com
2013MarquinhosRomaPSG€35mGoal.com
2013PaulinhoCorinthiansTottenham€20mGuardian
2013FernandoGremioShakhtar€11mGoal.com
2013FredInternacionalShakhtar€15mGoal.com
2013Alexandre PatoAC MilanCorinthians€15mGuardian
2013WillianShakhtarAnzhi€35mGuardian

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?

Oh yes.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices