Our Brazilian midfield maestro reveals his five favourite countrymen in the latest of Inside United's 'Favourite Fives' features.
1. Ronaldo (1994-2006 - 97 caps/62 goals)
It’s no surprise Ando chooses this recently retired Brazilian legend, who won two World Cups, two European Footballer of the Year awards, three World Player of the Year honours and scored hundreds of goals. "For me, Ronaldo is the best striker that has ever played the game. It’s hard to find the words to even describe how good he was. I used to love watching him, particularly when he was at his peak, playing with Inter and Barcelona. Nobody could get close to him."
2. Rivaldo (1993-2003 - 74/34)
Ando plumps for another World Cup winner who made his name in European football… “What can you say about Rivaldo? For those five years when he was at Barcelona he was amazing. He was so good it was like a joke. Do you remember his goal against United in 1998? Wow!” [We do – he netted an overhead kick past Peter Schmeichel.]
3. Ronaldinho (1999- 88/32)
Yet another World Cup winner (well, we are talking about Brazilians) and someone whose trickery United witnessed at first hand last season… “Again, his best football came while he was at Barça. He could see things on the pitch that nobody else could and he’d change a game in an instant with one pass or dribble. I used to love watching him leave players on their backsides after he’d gone on a mazy run.”
4. Romario (1987-2005 - 70/55)
Ando might not be renowned for being prolific himself, but he knows a goalscorer when he sees one - and Romario was one of the very best, scoring 55 goals in 70 games for Brazil. "He had an unbelievable goalscoring record. Defenders all over the world were scared of him because he was so confident in front of goal. He was a great finisher."
5. Garrincha (1955-1966 - 50/12)
You might not be so familiar with this player – he was a dribbling wizard with a wicked change of pace from the great Brazilian sides of the late 1950s and 1960s. Check out the online clips, and you’ll see