Who is the best Brazilian footballer playing today? It seems like the best case, using a combination of recent achievements and current form, could be made for Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, or Marcelo. I don't know what people are saying about Julio Cesar, but I don't think he's quite over the hill yet, though he is a keeper. In any event, no one playing above the back line (unless you count Alves) really merits consideration, which is astonishing. Neymar will probably be great, but success with Santos in Brazil and the Libertadores doesn't qualify him yet. Ditto Ganso. A similar story for Lucas. Kaká, Robinho, and Ronaldinho have all fallen off. Ramires, Nilmar, and Elano never quite reached the peak of the sport. I might have bet on Pato to be the nation's best player two years ago, but he's not made the leap, and he was almost moved in January.
Not only is this surprising given Brazil's history, but at 27 or so months from the World Cup, it's going to soon grow worrying.