Rio de Janiero: Fluminense coach Cristovao Borges has hailed the return to form of Fred after the striker ended his goal drought with a brace in the Brazilian team`s 4-0 victory over Sport.
The 30-year-old was widely criticised after scoring just once in Brazil`s ill-fated 2014 World Cup campaign, reports Xinhua.
He entered the fixture with just two goals from eight matches in Brazil`s Serie A this season.
But he answered his critics with a goal in each half at the Maracana stadium as Fluminense consolidated fifth spot in Brazil`s top-flight standings.
"He is a very important player to us - an idol, a leader with a highly professional attitude. His teammates look up to him," Borges said Monday.
"We believe in him. He shouldered a lot of the blame during the World Cup. But after these two goals he has his confidence back."
Fred announced his international retirement after Brazil`s 1-7 World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany.
It is not pleasant at all that I had to approach the court but there was no option left for me. I am glad that I have been proved right and it has lifted my morale ahead for the Asian Games.
Manoj Kumar, Indian boxer