This interview is already a lot more romantic than the others! I see you dancing to this song in Real Madrid City, so it must be one of your favourites. People don't realise that you´re the life and soul of the party before, during and after training... Are you happy with the way you are?
Yes. As a child, I learnt that you should try to be happy with or without difficulties and, fortunately, I've always been happy. I try and pass this on to my teammates in the dressing room and in my style of play. I think having that attitude can be very helpful.
2006 was a key moment in your life, when you came to Real Madrid. Everything happened unexpectedly. How did you find out that the club wanted to sign you?
I had a few choices. I´d played with the Brazilian national team and scored a goal, so a few clubs were interested in signing me.
Which clubs were interested?
CSKA Moscow, Sevilla and Juventus.
And of course Real Madrid.
I spoke to my agent and he asked me which club I wanted to play for. Of course I said Real Madrid, but my club at the time, Fluminense, had signed a contract with Sevilla. I wasn´t aware of this and almost ended up at Sevilla. But I didn't sign the contract. I wanted to play for Real Madrid. I was only 18 years old and I couldn't believe it when I had signed my contract. I felt so relieved.
Who was the first person you called when you´d signed the contract?
I called my wife, Clarise.
What does being a Real Madrid player mean to you?
When you ask a child in Brazil, or anywhere else in the world, which club they´d like to play for, they always say Real Madrid. I felt the same way and so did my friends. Real Madrid is very important, not only as a football club but also as a foundation that helps children in need.
You've grown and improved a lot at Real Madrid, so much so that you´ve captained the side. What has Real Madrid taught you?
Time has played a huge part in my progress. I hardly played much when I got here at 18 years old. I went to training but I didn't go to the matches. That taught me a lot. I also learnt a lot in the dressing room and on the pitch because I was playing with the best players in the world.
How do you see your future at Real Madrid, would you like to retire at this club?
Of course. Since my family and I arrived here, people have treated us very well. Not only at the club but the Spanish in general have been wonderful and Madrid is a great city. I want to win a lot of titles here and if I can retire at this club it would be an honour. But there's still a lot of work to be done.
You are one of Florentino Perez's favourite players. The president says that you could be the best left back in the world.
I'm very grateful but I still have to keep on working hard and fighting to be the best left back, not only at this club but also in the world. I still have to improve a lot of aspects of my game. I think it's normal for a player to want to achieve great things.
Two of your best friends in the squad are Pepe and Cristiano. Do you understand why they´re heavily criticised sometimes and what are they really like?
A lot of people talk about them without knowing who they really are. They see isolated incidents in training or in matches and they judge them on that. They don't see the day-to-day behavior of these players so they don't really know them. Pepe and Cristiano are like brothers to me, they´re always happy and they love to joke around.
What do you have to say about the two captains, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.
I've mentioned before that Iker is what I call a captain-brother. He's not your typically serious captain. He's there for you, he helps the team and is always in a good mood. He's obviously an idol at Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos is very young but has a lot of experience and brings a lot to the team. He always says a few words in the dressing room that help us a lot.
There´s a great atmosphere in the Real Madrid dressing room. It´s completely integrated.
That's true. There´s no one I don´t talk to in the dressing room. Everyone gets on and that helps us on the pitch. If we have an argument during the game, it ends when the game finishes, and that's because of the good atmosphere in the dressing room.
Now the moment of truth has arrived. The most important part of the season is upon us.
We've worked hard to be in this position since the start of the season. I think that we´re doing well. We have to work very hard because we have a very difficult month ahead but we´re confident and we´re feeling good. We want to win and we have to win.
Even Mourinho is full of praise for you. He says you´re an example to be followed because of your professionalism, improvement and hard work. He's mentioned that you´ve improved your defensive weaknesses and become an incredible attacker. Is it important to hear Jose Mourinho say all these great things about you?
Yes, he's the best manager in the world and when a manager like him says positive things about you, it's obviously very important. Since I arrived at the club, all I've wanted to do is help the team. Mourinho has helped me improve my aggression and that, in turn, has helped me tactically.
You know yourself that the Santiago Bernabeu is a very tough stadium because you've been booed there. But during the last few matches, I've heard the stadium chanting your name. That must make you feel very proud.
Of course it does. I was booed a couple of times and thought,
You played an incredible second leg match against Lyon and also against Tottenham. Those have been great moments for you and also for the team.
Yes, the team´s doing very well. I think that if we´re playing well as a whole it helps players perform better individually. I think that´s very important for a player.
You told me that the atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu was amazing against Tottenham. The fans cheered the team on and that's something that the players mentioned in the dressing room after the match too.
Even before the match the fans were cheering the team on and we could feel their energy while we were warming up. The crowd pushed us throughout the match and became the 12th player, which is what we need in matches like these.
A lot of first team players, as well as the manager, were asking the crowd to help the team get through the tough month ahead. When the Santiago Bernabeu encourages the players, there's no other stadium that creates quite the same pressure.
We experienced that in the last two Champions League matches. I think that it's very important that the fans cheer us on because when we feel their energy and support it gives us the boost that we need to win.
What do you think about this Champions League campaign? Do you feel that, at this point, you only have three matches left to win the title?
I take each match at a time. I think that this Champions League performance has been special because we hadn't reached the quarter-finals for a long time and now we´re in a good position to reach the semi-finals. We just have to stick together and stay confident that we can win. It's going to be tough but I think we can win.
Can you see yourself celebrating at the Cibeles fountain come the end of the season?
It's difficult to say but I hope we'll be able to celebrate a title there.
I know that you don't like to be compared to Roberto Carlos because, for you, he's the greatest left back in history. I will say that you have the same human qualities as him because he's a great guy and you have many years ahead of you to become as great as he was at Real Madrid. Thank you for talking to us here on Realmadrid TV.