Brazil national team manager Tite has responded to the World Cup joke American President Donald Trump made last month, reminding everyone the Selecao have won the tournament five times.
As reported by Goal’s Sacha Pisani, Trump played host to FIFA President Gianni Infantino in August, and when a Brazilian reporter asked a question, he joked: “Soccer country…I think you had a problem recently.” This came after their exit at the hands of Belgium in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
Tite was asked about the jibe ahead of the upcoming friendly against El Salvador in Maryland and said: “My answer to Trump is that we have five world titles. Maybe, historically, he might know better.”
The Selecao have won more world titles than any other nation, with their last title coming in 2002.
They entered the 2018 World Cup with a point to prove after the embarrassment suffered against Germany four years prior, losing 7-1 on home soil in the semi-final. Initially, Brazil did well in Russia, but they ran into a strong Belgian side in the quarter-finals:
Tite remained in charge of the team after the tournament and guided them to a 2-0 win over the United States in their first friendly on Saturday. With a strong core and a ton of emerging talent, the future looks bright for Brazil, who will likely continue to be among the main contenders for silverware for the foreseeable future.