Brazil's 1970 World Cup captain has criticised the way big clubs like Manchester United "rape" his country's league of its finest assets. With £5.4 million 17-year-old Dodo due to follow fellow Brazilians Rafael and Fabio to Old Trafford, Carlos Alberto has joined a growing chorus decrying the methods of top Premier League clubs in luring youngsters to England. "It is is disgraceful United are allowed to rape Brazilian football," said Alberto, whose closing goal sealed Brazil's memorable 4-1 victory in the 1970 final. "The big teams have the money and can take our best players. It is a big problem in Brazil. The clubs cannot keep good young players because they can make much more money in other countries." Lazio chairman Claudio Lotito called for a change in regulations to prevent homegrown players such as Federico Macheda moving abroad, while UEFA president Michel Platini also attacked Arsene Wenger's predilection for signing young foreigners. Dodo, who is considered to be one of the best young defenders in Brazil, is the latest in a long line of Brazilian exports, as the Brazilian Serie A is stripped of another of its prized assets. Whereas the likes of Carlos Alberto and Pele spent the vast majority of their careers in their native country, it is now almost impossible for the Brazilian league to hold on to its prized assets. The inevitable decline in quality of the national competition is a serious source of concern for Alberto. "FIFA must do something. They have an obligation to save football. If we could keep these players in Brazil it would be much better for us.Three or four years ago clubs had to pay teams for players, now many players are owned by agents - and clubs can't afford to keep them."
8 June 2009
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