Brazilian Welliton may play for Russia

MOSCOW - Spartak Moscow's Brazilian forward Welliton said he would consider taking up Russian citizenship and playing for the country at international level.

"It's very difficult to make the Brazil national team so if I get an invitation, I would play for Russia," the speedy striker was quoted as saying by the daily Sovietsky Sport.

Welliton, who turns 23 this month, has established himself as one of the top players in the Russian Premier League since joining Spartak from Brazilian side Goias in 2007.

He is the league's leading scorer with 15 goals this season.