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Jô Still Eyes World Cup Spot

Corinthians striker Jô says he still hasn’t given up on the idea of forming part of Brazil’s World Cup squad next summer. The ex-Manchester City and Everton forward has enjoyed an excellent season in the Brasileirão.

He fired the Corinthians side to the title and secured the top scorer gong for himself in the process, with 18 league goals. The reformed striker is hoping that his attributes can help him persuade Tite to call him up for Russia, where Jô spent a portion of his career.

“Tite is watching other alternatives (but) my characteristics can help me,” Jo told The Associated Press. “Besides, I am a different person now that I stopped drinking and going out.

“I became a leader. If I have an opportunity to be in the World Cup again I will not try to do all at once on the pitch like I did as a sub in 2014. I have grown.” Jô was part of the 2014 squad and has undergone a colourful 4 years in the meantime.

““I only changed after my wife left me and Atletico (Mineiro) fans that idolized me started forsaking me,” Jo said. “My personal and my professional lives were sinking. I decided to change everything,” Jô admitted.


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