I am very ambitious. I want to enjoy this and then really go for it.
I have ambitions I want to fulfil, to enjoy more success with Brazil.
I suppose it's natural that people talk about the coincidences with Pele's career. But before everyone gets carried away let's see if I have anything like the talent, shall we?
I will celebrate, but I know new goals and objectives will come and I am ready to take them.
My life has always been a series of challenges and I'm psychologically-prepared but this is the biggest challenge of my life.
I like playing in Italy. It was a challenge I wanted since very early in my career.
It's amazing. It is like yesterday when I was still watching the stars of Brazilian football on TV, and I am one of them now. I miss my childhood. I left my family at 15 and then left Brazil for Holland when I was 17.
In Brazil every kid starts playing street football very early. It's in our blood. As a professional I started at Sao Cristovao in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Of course I also played in the beach soccer league, barefoot.
I decided to join Barcelona because it's a sunny place. They are building for the future and want to win titles, and they have the conditions to do it. And I wanted to go there because it is an honour to play in the shirt of a team who have had great
In Latin America, the pace is slower, it is more technical. In Europe, it is faster, but I haven't had any problems adapting to it.
I don't want my fans to have the same disappointment as me when I was refused by some players to sign my notebook when I was young.
Off the field I like to go out, but not too much. I love to dress well, love Italian fashion. And I like to eat well. But in general I'm a simple guy. Cars are not my great passion, but I think it's important to have the best. To me, music is a must;
I knew when I started playing professionally that being an idol means catering for fans. Without them, there's no game. I don't mind signing autographs, but what I really want to give fans are lots of goals.
I don't consider myself as the best player in the world. I'm not obsessed with individual titles. I'm much more interested in being part of a team which wins trophies.
I've never timed myself over 100m, but I have done a test over shorter distances, 20m or 30m, with and without the ball. What's strange is that I'm faster with the ball than without it. Some people are born for distance running and others for sprint