Casemiro has been appointed new Brazil captain after taking the armband off Thiago Silva, despite the fact the Chelsea man has not retired from international football yet.
The decision was made ahead of the team’s friendly against Morocco on Saturday – a game Silva will miss after being sidelined with a knee injury last month.
Blues fans were up in arms about the captaincy switch, with one user labelling it “disrespectful bulls***.”
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“Striping Silva of the armband when he’s still available for selection is a low blow,” one fan tweeted.
“How can they treat Thiago Silva like that? Disrespectful bulls***,” another wrote, while a third commented: “Chelsea treat Thiago Silva with more respect than Brazil do. Madness.”
Silva, 38, had been Seleção captain for nearly a decade, having been handed the armband ahead of the 2014 World Cup. The veteran defender has played 113 times for his country, nearly two-thirds of which have been as captain.
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Following Brazil’s defeat to Croatia in the World Cup, many expected Silva to announce his international retirement, but the former PSG and AC Milan star pledged to make himself available for selection until the tournament in 2026.
He’ll be 41 by the time it rolls around, but given his Benjamin Button-like Chelsea swansong, would anyone actually put it past him?
The decision to appoint Casemiro as the team’s new captain will come as a blow to Neymar, who is the squad’s most experienced player and one strike away from becoming the country’s highest-ever goalscorer.
Casemiro, who has been a revelation at Manchester United this season, has racked up 69 appearances for Brazil and has more-or-less been an ever-present in the side since breaking into Real Madrid’s first team back in 2015.