Brasil Global Tour caught up with the ex Bayern Munich star in Rio, where the former world champion tipped Gabriel Jesus to be a superstar
Brazil’s hopes have been bolstered by the emergence of the nation’s latest teenage superstar, Gabriel Jesus, who capped his international debut in the 3-0 victory over Ecuador by winning the penalty that broke the deadlock before helping himself to two goals late on.
And Lucio believes the future Manchester City star has a big future with the national team.
"He had an excellent debut, it really could not have gone much better. He created a goal and helped his team-mates. He has a very promising future ahead of him and we will all support him and hope he can continue his form and score many more goals for Brazil.”
Captain of the 2010 World Cup squad, Lucio was the consummate leader, particularly with the national team where he would often lead the players in prayer.
And he sees no problem with Neymar’s decision to renounce the captaincy following last month’s Rio Olympic Games, insisting it could alleviate some of the burden on the Barcelona star who will continue to play a leading role in the squad with or without the title.
"I think it takes some of the responsibility from him. We know his name, his character and the weight of expectation on him. Neymar will continue to be one of the leaders, that he is not wearing the armband is a small detail.
“I think it cold will help him to produce more regularly and leave him feeling a little more freedom out there on the pitch, as we saw against Ecuador."