A fan favourite from South America to North London, Tottenham Hotspur enforcer Sandro is known for his tireless work-rate, fearless play style and larger-than-life personality – which is quite the feat given the Brazilian’s impressive stature.
Now in the Samba Pack Predator, we grabbed five minutes with the guitar-playing, high-kicking midfielder to find out why he’s man enough for a pink Predator and how memories of his first football boots still bring tears to his eyes…
– You're here for the new adidas Predator today – how do you find wearing them and what do you think of the colour?
I like the colour! I think it's loud, easy to spot – a good attention-seeking colour!
I've got nothing against the new boot¦ so far. And I have nothing against the colour because I am a man!
– How do you find they help in your game?
I like the lightweight aspect of the boot, as a midfielder I like the boot to be light. You can also see the grips across the boot – these are especially useful when it's raining.
I can already see it: I'm in the English rain, I'm turning with the ball and – BAM – I shoot, I score.
– Do you remember your first ever pair of football boots?
…They were the heaviest boots I've ever owned.
The studs; they were this big [gestures at around two inches], they were hard – I would run, and they would feel like I was running barefoot on stones.
Now¦I can fly.
– You and Paulinho are in the same team now, how do you think it will benefit Brazil if you can form a good relationship?
It's a great help that Paulinho is here, obviously I'm looking forward to having a great relationship with him with both of us being from the same home nation.
It's crossed my mind that if we form a good relationship at Spurs, that could then be reflected as a good partnership in Brazil.
However, I have to make sure sure the partnership is seen on the pitch at Spurs before it can be seen on the pitch at the World Cup.