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Marcos Senna
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
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Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player Villarreal

2020 03 16 Retrieve

[Marcos Senna admits to almost joining Man Utd & missing out on Villarreal move to Gilberto Silva] I did not talk to [Ferguson], but my agent and Villarreal did, and I was very close to signing for Manchester United. At that stage I was full of doubts, my wife was pregnant with our first son and our adaptation here was excellent. Manchester United had asked me for [a response in] a few weeks, but we were creating a great team here: the club bought Robert Pires, Nihat Kahveci and Giuseppe Rossi was here, we had a great team. Personally, I would have loved to play for Manchester United at that time, but I also had desires to stay here. Villarreal had just played a Champions League semi-final and were buying big players. To be honest, I was 50/50 until I spoke to [Manuel] Pellegrini and finally I signed for three more years with Villarreal and at the end I spent all my European career here in Spain.

2020 03 16b Retrieve

[Marcos Senna was snapped up by Villarreal in 2002, having caught the eye for a Sao Caetano side which reached the final of the Copa Libertadores that year] I have a lot of respect for Jose Manuel [Llaneza, Villarreal vice-president]. I am here because of him. He obviously didn’t have in mind to buy a holding midfielder when he want to Brazil [to watch the 2002 Copa Libertadores final]. It is also true that their attempt to buy Gilberto Silva failed, he was very close to signing for Villarreal before something happened. Emerson, who was the main holding midfielder of the Brazil national team, suffered an injury so Silva played instead of him and Brazil won the World Cup in 2002. Because of that, the player’s price increased and Arsenal bought him. When that happened, Jose Manuel went to Brazil. He was looking for a forward but in the end he bought me and the forward did not come. It was a beautiful story

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Former Villarreal star Marcos Senna is convinced Barcelona legend Lionel Messi is the best player in the world] For me, [Messi is] the best in the world, individually. There’s no one better than him. He is the man. Neymar is a complete player. He is Ballon d’Or worthy, but he needs more luck due to the injuries. Lets see what happens now, I’m cheering for PSG in this Champions because for me, Neymar is Ballon d’Or worthy

There’s 11 games to play and our hope is that Villarreal can start a good streak of victories because we still have possibilities of reaching a Europa League spot. [Reaching the] Champions League is more difficult but it also can happen

Santi really had two very difficult years, but he was able to recover. There were lots of people who didn’t think he could make it, but he could after all. Villarreal gave him the opportunity and he took it. He was great last year, he is a Villarreal legend. He is not only technically gifted, but also has great charisma. I don’t know what is going to happen at the end of this season. But he’s helped us so far, always playing at the top level. I hope he can hold on physically and I hope he can stay at least one more year with us. It only depends on him and I’m sure he would love to stay