“Did you see Ganso?”
The question, posed by Folha de S Paulo columnist Juca Kfouri on Monday, was of course rhetorical. No one saw him. The São Paulo midfielder was denied the chance to face his former employers Santos on Sunday, relegated to the bench by coach Muricy Ramalho and failing to make an impact after coming on for the final 15 minutes.
The decision to leave Ganso out raised the odd eyebrow, but the truth is that most understood Muricy’s reasoning. It was just the latest disappointment for a player whose star has waned drastically in the past few years. Paulo Henrique (‘Ganso’ being a nickname meaning ‘goose’) was once viewed as the heir to Brazil’s playmaking crown, but is in danger of becoming a footnote in history. It was not supposed to be like this.
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