Brazilian football legends Ricardo Kaka and Cafu hailed their compatriot Lucas Paqueta ahead of the friendly games against Panama and the Czech Republic.
Lucas Paqueta will wear Brazil’s famous No. 10 shirt for the first time on Saturday night against Panama, after taking the squad number in the absence of the injured Neymar.
The youngster moved to AC Milan in January and is currently playing his first season in Serie A.
The Rossoneri have always had a special relationship with Bralizian player. Ricardo Kaka and Cafu are former AC Milan stars who were born in Brazil, and they believe Paqueta has the quality to succeed them.
“Seeing this relationship between Milan and Brazil is beautiful. Paqueta grew up in Brazil, played in Flamengo and is now bringing this union between the Rossoneri and my land,” said Kaka via Calcio Mercato.
“The number 10 of the Brazilian national team? It is nice for him, he will write a great story. I think he is ready. But when you are on the field, the number on your shoulders doesn’t count.
“He is ready for the national team, he just needs to mature in his game but he has a good coach who knows the South Americans. Gattuso has helped him a lot, he is helping him too and he is growing in awareness,” Kaka added.
Cafu also hailed his compatriot saying: “Paqueta? He was an important investment but he is already ready to wear the number 10 shirt for Brazil. It is not easy, I understand. He has incredible predecessors but he can reach those levels. He can shine in the national team.”
He spoke about Milan’s coach and his former teammate Gennaro Gattuso as well.
“These meetups with the boys bring cheerful moments full of pride as well as a touch of nostalgia to see my friends again.
“Gattuso better now as a coach or a midfielder ten years ago? Much better now (laughs). I am happy for him, he is doing well and I am also happy for all my former teammates who are now coaches,” Cafu said.