Brazil star Ronaldinho has asked for protection from referees him at the World Cup.
The World Player of the Year believes Brazil’s opponents will attempt to stop them from playing their attractive style of football in Germany.
“All the teams are waiting for us and will be doubly alert in paying attention to our attack,” he said.
“It’s vital the refereeing is rigorous because of our style of playing.
“Every team we play regardless of their normal style of play defend against us.
“We are mindful that it is difficult to score goals in that case.
“The others play tight at the back and will wait to hit us on the counter-attack.”
Brazil face Croatia in their opening match in Berlin on Tuesday. They will also play Australia and Japan.