At Porto, I play out wide, on the right, with two other attackers. But I can play in any position in the attack, I have even played in the middle before.
I have a lot of affection for Porto but who would not want to play for Barcelona with the quality they have?
I am a player that always tries to help out as much as possible.
I respect footballers of any skin colour and any sexual orientation.
Ronaldo is my idol. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen play. He’s an inspiration to me to work hard every day.
Scolari is just an incredible guy off the pitch.
I’m used to playing out on the right for Zenit. I also played out there a lot for Porto.
At the time I was in Japan I was left to choose between Porto and Atletico Madrid but I preferred Porto because I thought it would be easier to adapt.
I went to see a Porto game in the old Estadio das Antas and I loved it all, the environment and the fans.
I just enjoy playing football, and I do everything to help the team.
I win, have fun and give my all.
Who would not like to be a champion?
I decided to go to Zenit because I had won almost every competition at Porto and I like new challenges in my career.
When it comes to transfers, I leave everything with my agent.
Portugal is much like Brazil – the weather, the people, the food and the language is also a bonus.
Those fans who abuse people of a different colour or gays just do not think at all.
I learned a lot with Andre Villas-Boas at Porto. He is very intelligent tactically. He was almost so well informed about the opponents that we pretty much knew everything about them when we went out on to the pitch. It was scary how much we knew.
I come from the bottom of the social ladder and now I have a good life.
Racism can happen anywhere, in everyday life as well, but it’s always very sad, it shouldn’t happen.
There is not one style in particular that suits me. I think that every formation has its pros and cons. It’s crucial to have a coach who understands your strengths and weaknesses. Obviously, I prefer to play up front, close to the opponents. That way I can make use of my strengths in one-on-one situations.
I left Brazil very early, at age 18, to go to Japan and I spent three-and-a-half years there. Then I went to Porto, everything happened so fast in my life, there was recognition throughout Europe.
If the time has come to leave Porto, the club and its fans will forever have a place in my heart. I can only thank them for all the affection they’ve shown me.
I was very happy in Portugal.
I love the Premier League and La Liga, I follow them on TV when I can.
I’m a person who doesn’t hold any grudges.
I will always continue to work hard and keep my feet on the ground, regardless of whether I stay at Porto.
I have had experiences of playing in Japan.
I have to keep working towards my dream and try to do my best.
I always had the dream to play for Brazil, and that dream has come true already.
I am really happy Villas-Boas is making a mark in England, and it would be fantastic to play under him again one day.
I ask God to bless me and I keep writing this beautiful story in football.
I liked living in Japan – the people are really friendly and love their soccer. I had a great experience playing alongside some strong Japanese players and I always look forward to the next time I visit.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a match-winner too and scores a lot of goals, and when you talk about the best player in the world it’s between those two, though my vote would go to Messi.
At a World Cup it’s hard to look much further than the traditional big-name teams: history backs that up.
I want to win titles with Shanghai.
I went out of Brazil very early, so the people in Brazil didn’t know me well. So they didn’t support me so much. I was never intimidated by this because I always knew that I had to go to the field and do my job.
When you win, there’s congratulations. When you lose, the world is falling apart.
Winning the World Cup was a dream of all Brazilians.
I will not lie, people know I’m a footballer and I had to seize the moment with Zenit’s financial offer.
I will not put money ahead of football.
There are some players who lacked respect for me. There were some things said in public that should not have been said, not in interviews.
My dad has always been my idol.
I can only promise one thing: I will never celebrate a goal against Porto because of my respect for the fans and the club.
I talked to Oscar about Shanghai SIPG before he made the move.
In life you’re learning every day.
My future is in the hands of God.
I love St Petersburg, Zenit and the fans.
I like to dribble. I like to turn heads with the ball.
I was a huge fan of the Incredible Hulk as a child. My parents nicknamed me Hulk as they thought I resembled the character. The name has stuck with me ever since.
Losing 7-1 at home is a shameful thing.
I really liked imitating the Hulk when I was a little kid. My dad enjoyed it and always asked me to imitate him and gave me the nickname.
I played for four years in Porto and our biggest rivals were Benfica. But I always had respect for the club, I don’t hate Benfica.
I feel fine in St Petersburg, my family is fine and my son is fine.
Footballers are always subject to criticism, but the world knows how good a player Neymar is and knows about the quality in his game.
In spite of the fact that Russian is very tough, I think that I can find enough strength in myself to learn it.
It is special to win any game, regardless of the opponent.
I’m just thankful for my parents blessing me with good genes, I guess.
There is always speculation about me and Palmeiras, precisely because of the affection I have for the team and I have made it clear I identify with Palmeiras.
I try to make the most of my physical power. I try to play with freedom if I can.
Barcelona or Real Madrid, I think I would say yes to playing for these teams.
Thiago Silva is a great player. As I have always said, I think he is one of the best defenders in the world and he will always help inspire me to become one of the best.
After three years in Japan there were some options to play in Europe, but I chose Porto because when I was 15 I went to their stadium once and said to myself, ‘One day I will play here.’
Maybe only my physical state can make someone wrong about my style of playing.
In England, there are some great teams, the style of play is great and so is the competition.
Japanese players have good football qualities and Urawa Red Diamonds is one of the greatest Japanese teams.