Down the years Brazil have been famed for their silky samba skills that had left a wake of destruction but won the admiration of all. From the great Brazilian squad of '58 and '62 containing Pele, Nilton Santos, Djalma Santos, Didi, Vava and Garrincha; to the 1970 team containing Pele, Carlos Alberto, Jairzinho, Gerson, Tostao and Rivellino; to the last great Brazilian side in 2002 containing the likes of Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Lucio, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and also a young Kaka in the squad.
Compared to those great Brazilian squads, the current Brazilian squad is tame. Only Neymar, Thiago Silva and Daniel Alves could be described as world class stars - and the latter of the trio has seen better days.
Even the much derided the 1994 World Cup winning side had World Player of the Year Romario, Taffarel, Bebeto, Cafu, Aldair, Dunga and a young Ronaldo.
The injured and the ill-disciplined:
Much has been made of the decreasing amount of flair players Brazil are producing, but to come to that conclusion would be glossing over important factors. Fred, 30; Jo, 27; Hulk, 27; Bernard, 21; and Paulinho, 25 should be nowhere near the current squad because Alexandre Pato, 24; Ganso, 24; Kerlon, 26; and Robinho, 30 should be enjoying the peak of their powers.
However, not only were none of them in the Brazilian squad, they were not even remotely close to be considered - a far cry from what their potential promised.
By the age of 17 Pato was already an international superstar as his form for the Brazilian under 20s and Internacional secured him a multi-million move to then Champions League holders, AC Milan in 2007.
Barred from playing for Milan due to his age (due to FIFA football regulations regarding non-EU minors), he burst into life by scoring a goal on his debut against Napoli - overall he scored 9 goals in 18 Serie A matches in 2008. Furthermore, he broke Pele's international record for the fastest debut goal scored. During his first three seasons at Milan he scored 36 goals in 77 games; in his last three seasons, however, Pato scored 15 goals in 40 league games - highlighting why Milan got rid of the prodigy at the age of 22 after such a bright start.
Pato's fading star can be attributed down to two factors: several successive injuries and ill-advised relationships.
As the Daily Mail's Adam Crafton reports: "a high-profile relationship with the daughter of Silvio Berlusconi exposed Pato to the glare of the paparazzi."
"It was even alleged that she personally put a block on a move to PSG - out of love - after his form had begun to suffer."
A move to Brazilian giants Corinthians failed to resuscitate a return to form and he later traded in a swap deal to Sao Paulo in February 2014. His last cap was in 2013 and is not in danger of building on his 27 caps and 10 goals.
Though whilst Neymar grew from strength to strength, the only thing that grew for Ganso was trips to the physician's treatment table. Several injuries and a court case against Santos later, Ganso was transferred to rivals Sao Paulo in 2012 and has since never returned to the form that prompted comparisons with Zinedine Zidane.
A rivalry between Barcelona's own wizkid Lionel Messi and Robinho soon developed; little by little, the two were afforded more responsibility as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Zidane and Deco were jettisoned for varying reasons. Though whilst Messi responded to the added pressure by becoming the best player in the world, Robinho wilted and was sent packing to Manchester City.
Manchester City's project initially sparked a response in Robinho as he scored almost a goal a game in the opening half of the season. Though in typical fashion, he faded horribly; a long goal-scoring drought was ended when he scored his 13th of 14 goals in April.
A move to Milan was next in the line after several bouts with the Man City manager Mark Hughes, made him an unwanted man. Immediately Robinho made a concerted and sustained effort to Milan as they won their first Scudetto in 8 years. But yet again, Robinho fizzled out as his indiscipline saw him dropped to the bench and wreck his international hopes.
In Robinho's first season he scored 14 goals in 34 games; in the last three seasons he has scored 11 goals in 74 games - many of them from the bench. The only thing that keeps Robinho in Milan these days is his extortionate wage no one wants to pay.
At the age of 30, it is incredibly unlikely Robinho will add to his 92 caps and 27 goals.
A move to Inter Milan soon emerged but so did his frequent knee injuries. Today Kerlon is a free agent after being released by Japanese club Fujieda MYFC.
Adriano's fall from grace has been well documented as unhealthy drinking habits have destroyed a career destined for the very top. At Adriano's very best, he had Didier Drogba's strength; Ronaldo's shooting accuracy and technique, making him a threat from set pieces, headers, long range strikes and tap-ins; add in a deceiving blast of pace, Adriano had it all.
Today, he is without a club - he was sacked three months into a contract with Atletico Paranaense after missing two training sessions - beforehand he went two years without a club. Having an impressive record of 27 goals in 48 games for Brazil (which at its peak was 25 goals in 36 games), Adriano will never be able to add to that tally.
However, a slew of injuries between 2008 and 2011 ruined what should have been his peak. Today, he is a shadow of his former self and is highly unlikely to build on his 87 caps and 29 goals for Brazil.
Ronaldinho's fall from grace was intertwined with Kaka's, but for entirely different reasons. From the get-go of his career he was famed for a poor work ethic to training - favouring the nightclubs and advertising to training. Though, Ronaldinho defied logic early on in his career to become the world's best player on two occasions.
Ironically enough, Ronaldinho's form dipped immediately after he won the Champions League and La Liga double with Barcelona, almost as if he flicked a switch in his mind and said he had done enough.
In that sense he was correct, 8 years ago in 2006, Ronaldinho had won everything world football had to offer by the age of 26. Most players have to work like dogs their entire career to salvage any form of remembrance after they retire; Ronaldinho will go down as one of the best of all time and he did that in three years sublime years in Barcelona and one fantastic World Cup with Brazil. However, whilst injuries kept Kaka from attaining further glory, as alcoholism did to Adriano, it was a shame a simple lack of dedication ruined Ronaldinho.
With 97 caps and 33 goals (at its peak 55 caps and 27 goals), Ronaldinho will not be able to add to his impressive haul of caps or goals for Brazil.
A great deal of bad luck has kept a lot of talent out of the Brazilian squad in recent years but with the current crop of players at Phil Scolari's disposal, he should have been able to pool together a much better side than he did. Whilst Daniel Alves and Thiago Silva were standout performers for Brazil; Maicon, David Luiz and Marcelo consistently failed to live up to their defensive duties.
Atletico Madrid boasted Europe's best defence last season and two Brazilians: Filipe Luis and Miranda, were major reasons for that. The much underrated Filipe Luis has been Europe's best left back for several years now, yet he only has four caps to his name at the age of 28. Going forward he is just as astute as Marcelo but defensively there is a world of difference between the two. In the World Cup Marcelo frequently left gaps behind him - something Filipe Luis would never be culpable of.
Miranda's main strengths include his sharpness in the challenge and his positioning skills - everything David Luiz lacks.
As for Maicon, the younger Rafinha who has played consistently for Bayern Munich at a higher level than Roma's Maicon would have been a more preferable choice for Alves's understudy.
Higher up the pitch, the likes of Coutinho, Diego Ribas da Cunha, Firmino and Lucas Moura should have been involved in the World Cup for their excellent form for their clubs. All four are technically sound players who would have added the ball keeping skills and flair Brazil lacked aside from Neymar.
Instead, Hulk, Jo, Fred, Paulinho, Bernard went in their stead and all failed horribly to give Brazil any oophm going forward.
This is where Big Phil Scolari must take blame, yes Brazil have a their share of bad luck when it comes to injuries and ill-discipline, but the players they did have available were more than good enough to put up a better showing than they did. Scolari picked a team based on favouritism ahead of talent and in the end it hurt him - seven times in one night.