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EXCLUSIVE - Danilo: ‘Monaco wanted me’

Danilo on the attack
Claude Bridy

Sambafoot.com gave the floor to the forward, Danilo Cirino, the former FC Sion player, who is now with Zorya Lugansk in Ukraine. Tracked by Monaco in the past, Danilo discusses his career and goals.

How is your adventure in Ukraine?

I am in Ukraine for over a year and a half. It was a real challenge because I knew nothing about this championship, barely [anything about] Shakhtar and Dinamo. I was first on loan from FC Sion, I immediately played well, I became my club's top scorer. Then they bought me, and my contract runs until 2015. I [retained my position], I scored seven goals this season. I think my level is good, I'm happy. I'm a little concerned now with the crisis, worried for my family. It may be that I change club faster than expected.

Many players like Diego Costa never made it in Brazil and went through intermediate clubs in Europe before exploding onto the scene. This is also your case. What do you think of this route?

In Brazil, it is difficult to play at a big club. If you play in a smaller club and you do well, you will be spotted. In Brazil, there are many players, very short-term contracts, a calendar of madness, it does not leave you time to grow. In Europe, the intermediate clubs leave you time to adapt in good conditions.

What are your goals?

I'm 27, I know many countries already. My goal is to play at a bigger club. I am in Ukraine, but I want to change. I want to play in a more competitive championship. I had proposals from Russia, a better league than Ukraine. I like Spain. I want a contract of at least two years.

What are your main qualities?

I am a rather technical and lively player. I also have a good vision of the game and I love to create opportunities for me and my teammates.

Who are your influences in football?

I liked Romario, Ronaldo, Robinho a lot. But Thierry Henry really impressed me!

What do you think of the French championship and the clubs?

I am close to the championship of France. This is for me one of the most difficult championships in the world, more than the English [Premier League] in my opinion. This is a very strong league physically. I almost signed for Monaco after my experience with FC Sion, when they were still in [Ligue 2]. Paris Saint-Germain is a great team, I'd love to compete in the championship of France.

Will Brazil win the World Cup?

I believe in victory, yes! Everyone will want to beat Brazil at home. I [also] rate Spain, Germany and Portugal.



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