Brazil just have Neymar, Argentina just Messi: Sergio Echigo

Zee Media Bureau

Rio de Janeiro: Former Japanese-Brazilian footballer, Sergio Echigo, slammed Brazil for adopting European style of football. The 68-year-old ethnic Japanese, who played for Corinthians in the 1960s, termed the current model followed in Brazil as “Europeanization.”

Popularly known as the inventor of the `elastico` or the flip-flap move, which was perfected by Rivelino, Echigo said that “the way they are at the moment (in Brazil), they are taking a leaf out of the European book, but there`s not enough space.”

Echigo also went onto represent the Japanese national teams in the 1970s. His elastico move is popularised by the likes of Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He opined that “a youngster playing on a full-size pitch has one instinct and that is to shoot at goal. He doesn`t develop skills in a confined space.” According to him, it isn`t “just a Brazilian problem and “youngsters should go back to developing skills on a small pitch.”

"There`s been a general levelling off of the game and there`s a shortage of top stars,” lamented the former Japan international, citing “Brazil just have Neymar and Argentina just Messi."

In the first semi-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Germany humiliated Brazil 7-1 prompting many South Americans to question the very skills of Brazilian players.

With Agency inputs

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