In 2005, when he was champion of the Brazilian championship, The Corinthians formed a cast full of stars. Names like Tévez, Mascherano, Nilmar, Roger and Carlos Alberto were protagonists of the team that conquered Brazil.
However, the black and white cast, in addition to the stars, had names that came from the base, directly from the well-known Terrão. One of them was defensive midfielder Nilton, recently arrived from the lower categories in 2005. Currently aged 33, in an interview with ESPN.com.br, the player revealed that, of the great athletes of that Corinthians squad, the most ‘suitcase’ was the Argentine Javier Mascherano.
“Mascherano. It’s not even history, it was a case of being polite. I say good morning, good afternoon, good night. I said good morning and he didn’t say anything, he was direct. Education comes from home. He comes from a cradle ”, he started by saying.
Nilton also told the backstage of the cast alvinegro. The midfielder said that Mascherano had no desire to learn Portuguese, unlike defender Sebá Domínguez, who was trying to learn the language. Regarding Tévez, Timão’s third foreigner in 2005, the midfielder stated that the striker, currently in Boca Juniors, had a close relationship with defender Betão.
“That one (Mascherano) didn’t want to learn a word in Portuguese. Anything. I couldn’t talk to him. He was very much with Tevez, with Sebá. Sebá tried Portuguese. Tevez is very calm, Betão had a better relationship with him, he managed to have that bond ”, he concluded.
In 2005, the Brasileirão was still played with 22 teams. After 42 rounds, Corinthians became champion with 82 points won, three more than the vice International.
The competition was also marked by the arbitration scandal involving former referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho and the manipulation of results.