No one took Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany harder than defender David Luiz. With captain Thiago Silva suspended for the match, Luiz wore the armband for the day and, in his over exuberance to lead, it seemed as if he tried to play every position at the same time.
After Germany's humbling of an entire nation was complete, Luiz offered a tearful apology to his country on TV, saying, "I just wanted to see my people smile."
Seeing this prompted nine-year-old fan Ana Luz to write Luiz a letter letting him know that everything would be OK.
Here's the translation of what she wrote (via The Mirror):
Hi David Luiz,
My name is Ana Luz.
I saw all of the Brazil games in the World Cup and I liked it a lot watching you play.
I think that you don't need to be sad because you played well and did the best you could. You were a great captain.
Life is like this, sometimes people lose and sometimes people win but people only need to be happy.
David Luiz, you are my champion.
Ana Luz Penna Reale
To illustrate that he is her champion, she even included a lovely drawing of the PSG defender (complete with trademark big hair) holding/levitating a trophy. She also showed tremendous restraint by not admonishing him for his lack of defensive discipline or adding a P.S. of "I hope PSG kept the receipt."
Luiz posted the touching letter on Instagram and wrote, "Many thanks princess Ana Luz, loved your letter! And thanks to all Brazilians for all the support! I'll never give up my dreams, and I will always strive to give back all that love I receive! God bless you all!"
Brazil will now face the Netherlands in the third-place match on Saturday, and for their sake, hopefully it won't go so terribly that nine-year-olds feel compelled to give the players life advice.
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