Motta is expected to start for Italy in their World Cup clash with Costa Rica.
â€śI like playing football, thatâ€™s all,â€ť said Thiago Motta in todayâ€™s Press conference.
â€śI was born in Brazil, but I feel Italian. It is a pleasure to step on to the field, to play a World Cup in Brazil and above all to play in a great national team.
â€śNow the sensation is difficult to explain. When time has passed, Iâ€™ll be able to describe how I felt during this tournament.
â€śI left Brazil very early in my life, as I was only 15. I spent a lot of time in Spain and became accustomed to the European style of living and playing.
â€śI have the fortune and privilege of an Italian family and therefore was able to play for Italy. My father was born in Brazil, but my grandfather was Italian from Rovigo.
â€śI feel like an Italian who happened to be born in Brazil and I am very happy with that situation. It never entered my mind to come back to Brazil once I left for Europe.
â€śI didnâ€™t have the same desire that the Brazilians, who I respect a great deal, had to wear the SeleĂ§ao jersey. This experience has helped me grow as a player and as a man.â€ť
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