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Disgraced Barcelona icon behind bars, Ballon d’Or winner enjoys retirement… and a cameo appearance on Turkish TV show: What happened to Brazil stars who faced England in the first game at the new Wembley in 2007?

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England face Brazil in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday night as Gareth Southgate finalises his preparations for Euro 2024 this summer. 

The glamour game will stir up memories of the memorable encounter between the two sides in 2007, the first international to be played at the new Wembley Stadium.

Substitute Ribas Diego headed home an equaliser for Brazil in the dying seconds to rob England of victory.

The home side had taken the lead with David Beckham sending over a free-kick for captain John Terry to power a header past Brazil keeper Helton in the 68th minute.

Here, we look at what happened to Brazil stars who faced England that night.

England’s David Beckham keeps a close eye on Brazil’s Ronaldinho during the friendly in 2007

Brazil (4-4-2)

Helton

After starting out at Vasco da Gama he went on to spend his professional career in Portugal, representing União de Leiria and Porto and winning 18 major titles for the latter club. Over 14 seasons, he appeared in 299 Primeira Liga games. Made just three appearances for Brazil.

Dani Alves

Joined Barcelona in 2008 where he spent 9 years across 2 spells – winning 23 trophies including 6 LaLiga titles and 3 Champions Leagues – before joining Juventus in 2016. He also spent time at PSG, Sao Paolo and Mexican side UNAM – where he played until 2023. 

On 22 February 2024, Alves was found guilty of rape, and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and ordered to pay €150,000 in damages to the victim. Alves’ lawyer said that she would appeal against the verdict. 

After the sentence, Barcelona retired him from the “Leyend” section. However, the club would reinstate his likeness on the website days later.

Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves was sentenced to four years and six months in prison last month after being found guilty of rape

Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves was sentenced to four years and six months in prison last month after being found guilty of rape

At the height of his career, Alves was considered as one of the best right-backs in the world

He won a total of 41 trophies as a player

At the height of his career, Alves was considered as one of the best right-backs in the world 

Naldo

From 2007 to 2009, the centre back made four appearances for Brazil. Played for Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg and Schalke in the Bundesliga. 

He is currently an assistant coach at Schalke. 

Juan

Having begun his career with Flamengo, he spent a decade playing in Europe in service of Bayer Leverkusen and Roma before returning to Brazil with Internacional in 2012. Juan earned 79 caps and scored seven international goals for Brazil. He represented the nation at two FIFA World Cups, three FIFA Confederations Cups and three Copa América tournaments, winning two apiece of the latter two events. 

He currently works as Flamengo’s Technical Manager.

Gilberto

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Gilberto started his career in his native Brazil, playing for América-RJ, Flamengo and Cruzeiro. He moved for one season to Italian club Inter and later played for Hertha Berlin before joining Totteham, and becoming the first Brazilian to play for Spurs at first-team level.

Ronaldinho

The World Cup winner spent 3 seasons at AC Milan, where he played alongside Kaka and Robinho, before moving back to Brazil – where he played for Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro and Fluminense before retiring in 2015. 

Ronaldinho went to court in Paraguay over fake passport claims, but was recently taking part in a beach football game on Turkish TV game show.

Ronaldinho rolled back the years with a beautiful overhead kick on Turkish reality television

Ronaldinho rolled back the years with a beautiful overhead kick on Turkish reality television

Mineiro 

The defensive midfielder twice won the league title in Brazil before moving to Europe and playing for Hertha before joining Chelsea in 2008. 

He made just two appearances for the Blues before moving to Schalke the following summer.

Gilberto Silva

The midfielder enjoyed success with Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro and Arsenal, winning the Premier League in 2004 and collecting two FA Cup winners’ medals. 

He currently serves as an ambassador for both Arsenal and FIFA. 

Kaka

Won the Ballon D’Or that year (2007) left AC Milan in 2009 for Real Madrid where he spent 4 seasons, before rejoining AC Milan. 

In 2014 he joined Orlando City – where he played for 3 years before retiring in 2017.

Kaka made a surprise appearance in a six-a-side match in Hackney in 2020. 

After being nutmegged by one player, Kaka accepted his fate graciously before scoring two goals and providing one assist in the 4-2 win. 

He recently featured in the ‘Match for Hope’ in Qatar alongside the likes of Roberto Carlos, Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard, when he was memotably wiped out by a tackle by YouTuber iShowSpeed.

YouTuber iShowSpeed wiped out Brazilian legend Kaka during a recent charity match

YouTuber iShowSpeed wiped out Brazilian legend Kaka during a recent charity match

In Reach Out FC's match against Hackney Wick, Kaka picked the ball up on the left hand side

Despite a team-mate demanding for the ball to be cut back, Kaka went it alone and scored a brilliant effort

Kaka showed he still got it as he scored a wonderful solo goal in a six-a-side game in London

Vagner Love 

The second name Love was given to him while playing for Palmeiras as he was known for his playboy lifestyle. 

Over two spells, he won 14 honours with CSKA Moscow, scoring in their win in the 2005 UEFA Cup final. 

The 39-year-old forward recently signed a one-year contract with recently-promoted to Série A club Atlético Goianiense.

Robinho

Joined Man City in 2008 before spending five years at AC Milan. 

Former Man City forward Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison after he and five other males were convicted of sexual assault in 2017

Former Man City forward Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison after he and five other males were convicted of sexual assault in 2017

Brazilian judges will consider whether he should serve his rape sentence in Brazil

Brazilian judges will consider whether he should serve his rape sentence in Brazil 

On 23 November 2017, an Italian court sentenced Robinho to nine years in prison after he and five other males were convicted of sexual assault – following the January 2013 gang rape of a 23-year-old Albanian woman at a Milan nightclub. 

Brazilian judges will consider on Wednesday whether he should serve his rape sentence in Brazil because Brazil doesn’t extradite its citizens sentenced abroad.

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