Dida: Winning the World Cup in 2002 with Brazil was a huge thrill

The former Rossoneri shot-stopper has spoken about his experiences in the international arena, and revealed that his inspirations were Claudio Taffarel and Russia's Rinat Dasayev
Former AC Milan goalkeeper Dida has explained that it was a "unique experience" to be in the Brazil squad during a World Cup and that it was disappointing not to have won the prestigious trophy in 2006.

The 39-year-old has enjoyed a successful playing career, representing the Canarinho 91 times and making the Rossoneri goalkeeping jersey his own during a ten-year spell in Italy, and is currently playing in his home country for Portuguesa.

Following a career that has taken him from Cruzeiro to Corinthians to Serie A and back to Brazil, Dida spoke to the official Fifa website about playing in the biggest football tournament of them all.

"Your first World Cup definitely leaves its mark on you," he said.

"When you win a World Cup like we did in Japan and South Korea [in 2002], even as a substitute, it is a huge thrill. It's something you can't put into words. Just being there, playing your part was something I'd dreamed about since I was little.

"Unfortunately, we weren't able to become world champions [in 2006], but I think playing at a World Cup is a unique experience for any player."

The Brazilian then revealed that his inspiration in the nets was Soviet Union gloves-man Rinat Dasayev.

"He was a great goalkeeper who used to make incredible saves, then you've got Taffarel too, who I watched play for Brazil and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work alongside him at several competitions.

"I think that [training with Taffarel] had a huge contribution on my development and my growth as a player. It's all about preparation. You need to train on a daily basis and be happy in yourself, staying fully focused."