When I was 16 and playing for Palmeiras, I was not sure if I had a future there. ... Up to then I had only really thought about football but the disappointment that my football life was not working out caused me to think about bigger questions. I talked to my brother about faith and about what the purpose of life was. I had always believed in God but without having a relationship with him. I knew I needed ... God's love and I decided to live my life for him.

Many people think they have to perform to earn God's love. He has shown me that the absolute opposite is the case and he accepts me just as I am. All he wants from me is that I give him my heart and my life. I am really thankful for that.