World Cup: Fernandinho is hoping to emulate Kleberson and win for Brazil
Brazil midfielder Fernandinho is hoping to emulate his hero Kleberson and lift the World Cup.
By Paulo Freitas
Last Updated: 06/06/14 6:16pm
Kleberson was a member of the Brazilian starting side which beat Germany 2-0 in the final of the 2002 World Cup to lift the trophy under present national team boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.
At the start of his career, Manchester City star Fernandinho played with Kleberson at Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense and he hopes to follow in his footsteps.
Fernandinho said: "I played with Kleberson when I was starting my career, he was the player that inspired me the most, as his life story is very similar.
"We played at Atletico Paranaense and I had the dream of reaching the national team and win everything he won."
Fernandinho is determined to do his utmost to help lift the trophy on home soil and aims to push his claims for a starting berth in Friday's friendly against Serbia.
"I trained (on Wednesday), we have the friendly in Sao Paulo and I hope to play. I trained to be ready on Friday and to help the team."