Instead of providing resolve as a fearless leader, however, the Paris Saint-Germain star oversaw one of the biggest embarrassments in Brazilian football history as the Selecao were crushed 7-1 by Germany in Belo Horizonte.
The happy-go-lucky 27-year-old has a smile on his face for 99.9% of his waking hours, but was understandably distraught as the whistle blew and he became a part of an unfortunate chapter in Brazilian World Cup history.
Luiz couldn't hold the tears back as he was interviewed on the pitch after the game, but did manage to eke out a heartbreaking apology. Translation by 3news:
"Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people.
"I just wanted to see my people smile. We all know how important it was for me to see all of Brazil be happy, at least because of football.
"They were better than us. They prepared better. They played better.
"It's a very sad day but it's also a day from which to learn."
In the match, Luiz appeared to be at fault for at least three of the goals, he was lucky to escape a red card for an elbow on Miroslav Klose and was as feckless as the rest of his shambolic back line.
Tears and sadness, therefore, seems like a fairly appropriate response.
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