Thiago Silva hits back at Brazil boo-boys

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Brazil center back Thiago Silva has called for patience to be shown from fans of the national side after the Selecao were booed in an international friendly last month.

The narrow 1-0 victory over South Africa was overshadowed by barracking from supporters unhappy with Mano Menezes' team, following on from a disappointing Olympic final defeat to Mexico.

Ahead of Brazil's double header against Iraq and Japan, the former AC Milan star appealed to fans to get behind the five-time World Cup winner.

"The less [boos] we hear, the better for us," Silva was quoted as saying by Globoesporte. "Idols and phenomena are born only every 15 years. Not all the time will there be born a Ronaldo, a Romario or a Bebeto."

However, Silva conceded the squad would have to cope if more protests materialized during the friendly matches being staged in Sweden and Poland, as the buildup to hosting World Cup 2014 continues.

"We need to know how to deal with it all and to try to listen less," he stated.

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