The World Cup offers a chance for players to step up and represent their nation. Boys become men and men become heroes. And while there is intense pressure, most players relish the opportunity to win glory for their nation.
During Saturday's penalty shootout with Chile, the Brazilian defender was apparently so lacking in confidence he asked coach Luiz Felipe Scolari if he could be selected last to take his penalty; behind even goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
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"Hitting a penalty is a big responsibility at home and I asked God not to be selected," said Silva. "I missed two of my last three and Scolari asked me to be the sixth. I said no, I asked to be last on the list, behind Julio Cesar."
In the end it didn't matter, as the heroic Cesar blocked penalty kicks from Alexis Sanchez and Mauricio Pinilla. Unlucky Gonzalo Jara's penalty struck the woodwork and Brazil passed through to the next round by the skin of their teeth, without the need for any extra heroism on the part of their captain.