UFC fighter Paulo Costa has launched an astonishing attack on Brazil for being “feminists who apologize for being straight and white – claiming they can’t win the World Cup.
Brazil got off to a perfect start to their World Cup campaign on Thursday night by beating Serbia thanks to two-second goals from Richarlison, including a sensational bicycle kick attempt.
However, Brazilian MMA star Costa appeared unsatisfied with his compatriots’ victory as he expressed doubts about their chances in Qatar.
Paulo Costa launched an astonishing strike against the current Brazilian national team after their victory over Serbia
This is despite a large majority of the Brazilian side supporting controversial right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro in his recent election loss to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
“The Brazilian football team was respectable when they had drug dealers to make party officials,” he tweeted somewhat incoherently.
“Shemale f***** like Ronald in 2006 or 2002,” he added. “Now they’re all feminists or apologizing for being straight [and] white. They can’t win the World Cup, sorry. Bring back old times.’
Earlier he had tweeted asking people to stop questioning him about the Brazil national team as he is “Mexican”.
Costa has a storied history of controversial tweets, with Costa previously getting in trouble for using racial slurs on social media towards former UFC fighter Mike Perry.
The controversial MMA fighter said they needed to ‘bring back the old days’ with players now seemingly too focused on ‘feminists’
Costa’s affiliation with Bolsonaro in this year’s Brazilian election was in line with many of the Seleção players themselves.
Neymar posted a TikTok in late September in which he raised both hands to indicate a two on each. This was a reference to the number ’22’, the code voters used at the electronic ballot box to vote for Bolsonaro.
He appeared on the controversial figure’s YouTube channel in October, redoubled his support for the then-candidate.
“What motivated me to speak my mind is the values that the president represents, which are the same as mine, my family’s,” he said.
‘He defends the people, the children, the family… It’s important to take a stand. I call upon those who hesitate to do so. It is a right, it is important to express your values. I’m proud to do that.’
Neymar reiterated his support for controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in October
Neymar appeared on Bolsonaro’s YouTube channel and says they share the same view
Lula accused Neymar of fearing him and suggested that his support for Bolsonaro was above his tax debt.
He said: “Neymar has the right to choose who he wants to be president. I think he is afraid that if I win the election, I will know what Bolsonaro has forgiven him (on) his income tax debt.
“I think that’s why he’s afraid of me. It is clear that Bolsonaro has made a deal with (Neymar’s) father. Now he has tax problems in Spain, this is a problem for the tax authorities, not for me.’
Meanwhile, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves both declared their support for the far-right leader, with the latter referring to a Bolsonaro phrase: “There is a slogan that I love,” Alves said. “Brazil above all, God above all.”
Former national team players, including Rivaldo and Gilberto Silva, were also prominent supporters of the far-right candidate, with both publicly declaring their support for Bolsonaro.
Costa referred to Brazil’s 2002 team as an indication of good times for the national guard team and presumably the country
Rivaldo himself has long supported the recently ousted president, tweeting in 2018, “Your vote will elect a president, not a father. We need him to solve our country’s problems, not to teach us values, we need to learn this at home and at school.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldinho is also known to have supported the 2022 reelection candidate. The legend of Barcelona was appointed tourism ambassador by Bolsonaro, with controversy surrounding his release from Paraguayan prison, which was personally authorized by Bolsonaro himself.
The national team yellow shirt, used as a tool by Brazil’s autocratic leaders in the late 1950s and early 1960s to drum up nationalist support, was also used by Bolsonaro himself, while opponents still viewed it with some caution. after the extremely polarized elections.