In an interview for ESPN Brazil,Manzinho again had something to say about his eldest son’s career. This time, it was about his “football nationality”. He said that Thiago is “dying to wear the canary shirt” and that he is “our traditional number 10”.
The article continues to explain how there was a misunderstanding in his son’s international career. He claims that he had contacted the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) and found out that, in fact, his boys are NOT able to play for them, despite his strong wishes. This is because Thiago has been playing for Spain in the sub21 categories. “I communicated with them (CBF), they commented that athletes who are trained outside the country would not return to the squad," he says.
More interesting quotes:
- "I was first became worried when Pep called him to play with the under-16 here. I did not want him to play for Spain because he knew that the boys were able to play for Brazil.”
- “Thiago has a low provision of € 10 million. The contract ends in June, and he has signed for two more years. It would be very foolish to miss out on a Barcelona player that hardly exists in Spanish football”
Now where is this heading to? Well, it’s been well known that Thiago has once and for all commited to a nationality: Spain. He was quoted saying:
“I have this clear and I will not generate any doubt to anyone. This is no longer a U-16 or U-17, this is something more serious, important. We’re talking about another level. And if I’m willing to be here, it is because I am willing to play with Spain.”
What I don’t seem to understand is how the CBF could possibly say “no” to a player who has grown outside of Brazil (Thiago has been in Barcelona most of his footballing career). Look at Messi, he grew up in La Masia but is also a prominent player in the Argentina NT. Isn’t it not official until a player had been called up for the first team?
I also wonder if Thiago face palms every time he reads something that his dad said, I mean he must be used to it now.
Sources: Uno, Dos and spotted at Tres.