10 Questions with a Pro - Maicon Santos

This week on “10 Questions with a Pro” we got a chance to talk with Maicon Santos, a Brazilian forward currently playing in the Liga MX for Puebla.

During his 8 years as a professional, Maicon has played for Remo, Etoile du Sahel, Ironi Kiryat Shomna, Bnei Sakhnin, Bonsucesso, Chivas USA, Toronto FC, FC Dallas, DC United, Chicago Fire and Puebla.

He has won the Tunisian League title & CAF Confederations Cup in 2006 with Etoile du Sahel, Canadian Championship in 2011 with Toronto FC and also winning the Golden Boot of the tournament in that same year.

He is now with Puebla of the Mexican Liga MX, and we had a chance to ask him 10 questions about his playing career and his life.

FootyFair: During this World Cup in Brazil, if you could trade places with any player who would that be?
Maicon Santos: I would trade places with Fred from Brazil. No doubt about it.

FF: I believe you have been following the World Cup. What do you think of Brazil’s play during the group stage and up to the quarter final match against Colombia?
MS: They played well during the group stages and first knock out stages but they have the ability to do better and I think they could have.

FF: As a Brazilian playing in the Mexican league what were your thoughts on the group stage game between Brazil and Mexico that ended 0-0?
MS: A huge game, very well played by both countries. Both teams gave it their all on the field and in the end the result was positive for both.

FF: You have played in several leagues of several countries, like Brazil, Tunisia, Israel, Canada, USA & Mexico. Of all those countries which one would you one day like to return to and play?
MS: USA and Canada were amazing, love those countries and would be great to play there again.

FF: From all the cities that you played for in MLS, which one did you like the most?
MS: Toronto without a doubt. I always felt at home in Toronto, it is a beautiful city, great people, a place I really enjoyed living there.

FF: As a forward, which central defenders would give you the biggest challenge during a game?
MS: All the defenders at this World Cup have massive quality, nobody would be easy, but if I have to pick two I would go with the Brazilians Thiago Silva and David Luiz.

FF: If you were team captain in a game of street football and you have first pick, who would you pick between Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo?
MS: That is a very hard question. My choice would be for a player that is focused on the ball and has the aggressive nature to fight for every ball that could decide the play, Neymar and right after Messi.

FF: What moment in your career marked you the most?
MS: I was playing in a Brazilian team in 2003; their name is Remo de Belem do Para in the north of Brazil. Nobody knew who I was there, so I had to work very hard to gain my space on the team and show them my football. They gave me my first taste of the game and from there I was able to travel and get to know the world by playing football.

FF: Who was your biggest idol that motivated you to pick up a ball and start playing football?
MS: Romario. The ability that he had to score goals was phenomenal. He was an incredible player recognized by everyone around the world.

FF: Who is your favorite Brazilian team?
MS: Everything started with Vasco da Gama. That is where I kicked a ball for the very first time and where it all started. They are a massive club in Brazil, so if I had to pick one it would be Vasco da Gama.

FootyFair would like to thank Maicon Santos for taking the time to answer our questions, and we would also like to wish him the best of luck in his ongoing football career.



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