The Selecao have not won football’s biggest trophy since 2002.
Roberto Carlos has backed Brazil to live up to their ‘favourites’ tag and win the 2022 World Cup.
The former defender was part of the Brazil team that won Selecao’s most recent World Cup title in 2002. Since then, Brazil haven’t reached a single final in football’s biggest stage, with European teams dominating the competition.
However, Carlos believes Brazil has a real chance of ending their 20-year wait to win the title in Qatar.
“The most important thing is that Brazil have a great team,” he told reporters. “It’s time to win, because the last photo we have is ours [in 2002].
“I am very optimistic. It is not easy to win a World Cup. In recent times, the Brazilian team are as usual, since our time, they have played great games, but have never been so good.
“The Copa America is important but for the Brazilians, this World Cup is going to be very important and has a special flavour, the moment of the national team is very good.
“At least the European press put Brazil as one of the favourites. This is already an important factor.
“Luis Enrique commented on it the other day, if you ask any other national team coach, the Brazilian team is one of the four favourites for this World Cup. If they prepare well, Brazil will win again.”
Brazil will compete against Cameroon, Switzerland, and Serbia in Group G of the competition. The Selecao will start the tournament with a match against Serbia on November 24.