Our Brazilian midfield maestro reveals his five favourite countrymen in the latest of Inside United's 'Favourite Fives' features.
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."