Who is the best defender at São Paulo FC?

In a recent confrontation with Bahia, Robert Arboleda's masterful performance stole the spotlight.
Desmond Efe-Khaese
2023-12-02 11:02:20

São Paulo FC, the highly successful Brazilian football team, boasting 22 state titles, 6 Brasileirão titles, and various other prestigious championships, including Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup.

But lately, it’s defensive prowess is nothing without the indomitable presence of Robert Arboleda, whose return from injury marked an impenetrable shield for the team, preventing any goals in matches where he graced the starting lineup.


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Arboleda’s resilience was tested during the Copa do Brasil final clash with Flamengo, where a left thigh injury sidelined him for a month. However, his recovery when São Paulo faced Cruzeiro solidified his role in the team.

In five games with Arboleda marshaling the defense, São Paulo’s rearguard stood unyielding, celebrating triumphs against Cruzeiro, Bragantino, and Bahia, with stalemates against Santos and Cuiabá.

In a recent confrontation with Bahia, Arboleda’s masterful performance stole the spotlight, featuring a divine defensive intervention that sealed São Paulo’s 1-0 conquest – a historic away victory in Brasileirão.

Positioned comfortably with 50 points, São Paulo has steered clear of relegation threats and secured a coveted space in the upcoming Libertadores, courtesy of their Copa do Brasil conquest.

Peering into the future, São Paulo braces for a formidable challenge against Atlético-MG, title aspirants, as they navigate the 37th round of the Brazilian Championship on Saturday (Today) at Mineirão, aspiring to preserve their defensive legacy.