Aquarius World Cup interview - Lucio

A World Cup winner in 2002, and a success at club level, the former Brazil defender is one of the most reliable defenders the game has ever seen
One of the most decorated defenders in the history of the game, Lucio has seen it all.

The Brazilian centreback was part of the last Brazil side to win the World Cup, 12 years ago at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

An integral part of the team, he completed all 630 minutes of the competition, being one of only three players from the Brazil side to have played every minute.

Lucio followed the World Cup success with two back-to-back Confederations Cup triumph, in 2005 and 2009. While he never won the most coveted prize in international football again, he did set a personal milestone at the 2006 World Cup.



A trusted and clean defender, Lucio set a competition record of going the most consecutive minutes without comitting a foul in Germany. His honesty on the field was also recognised at the 2009 Confederations Cup when he won the Fair Play Award.

Spending most of his career split between Germany and Italy, the Planaltina-born player tasted success with Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Juventus.

In his first foray into European football with Leverkusen, he claimed a runners-up medal, and then followed that up with three Bundesliga titles with Bayern, amongst other accolades.

Believed to be nearing the end of his career, Lucio made a move to Inter where again his honours list grew. This time, he finally tasted Champions League success, beating former club Bayern in the final. Serie A, Coppa Italia and Club World Cup titles were claimed as well.

Now, 36-years-old, Lucio is back in Brazil with Palmeiras following a brief spell at Sao Paolo and Juventus.