Brazilian former World Cup-winning captain Cafu insists his protesting countryman will soon get into the right spirit once the World Cup kicks off on Thursday.
Brazilians are enduring tough times, with metro strikes bringing commuter misery to Sao Paulo amid protests at the mammoth cost of the World Cup.
But the people will get into celebration mode once the event begins, Cafu insisted Saturday.
“The political situation is boiling over — and I wish the talk could be of football. But that’s currently not possible given all the political arguments,” 2002 World Cup-winning skipper Cafu said on the day he turned 44.
He believes, however, that the atmosphere will change once Brazil kick off against Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
“There are strikes all around the world and in general this has nothing to do with the World Cup.
“This is a moment that the people feel they can make their voices heard most clearly in the Cup foreground,” the only man to have appeared in three World Cup finals told German sports news agency and AFP subsidiary SID.