Former international Alex criticises congested fixture listAlex won 49 caps for Brazil up until 2005
Former Brazil midfielder Alex has lamented the domestic football calendar in his home country and even suggested that his recent injury worries have been partly down to the hectic schedule under which players are bound.
A frustrating two years has often left the ex-Fenerbahce and Parma playmaker on the sidelines with various muscle concerns and, in an open statement, the 36 year-old said: "It's my last year as a professional football player."
"I played from 1995 to 2009 without any muscle injury. In 2009 I had my first one when at Fenerbahce."
"I was away for 14 days and we lost a match. On Saturday I had a violent pain in my calf, the same one that ruled me out of the first few games of the Brasileirao."
"Then I start to think if I'm out 14 days, I run the risk of missing at least four games."
Brazilian domestic football has come in for more criticism in recent times, with the CBF factoring in league matches as well as various cup competitions and the state championships, leaving very little rest period throughout the year.