Ze Roberto, the former Brazilian midfielder, revealed that the criticism for calling Dani Alves to the World Cup list comes because of the old culture of attacking the veterans who represent Brazilian football, which happened to him in the 2006 finals.

Brazil coach Tite was criticized by the local media after signing the 39-year-old Alves, who played his last match last September and recently recovered from a knee injury.

“The age crisis is cultural. I experienced it myself after I returned to Brazil after the 2006 World Cup. It is difficult to change this mentality because it is part of the culture of the Brazilian fans and the press. In my case, I faced this problem,” Ze Roberto told Brazilian website UOL. “The rumor. And from what I’ve seen, this hasn’t been outdone yet, and it continues to this day.”

Ze Roberto participated in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, at the age of 32, after returning to Brazil after a long career in Europe, which sparked criticism in his country.

Ze Roberto, 48, added that Alves’ experience would add value to the team, which is one of the favorites to win the title in Qatar.

And he continued, “Dani Alves’ experience is important for the team. New players have shone in Europe, but they are playing their first World Cup. You need players with experience to support you. He was included because of the great results he achieved in his career and because he can add to the World Cup, both on and off the field.”

Brazil begins its journey towards winning the sixth title and strengthening its record, by playing against Serbia on Thursday, before facing Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

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