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Fernandes says he's proud of becoming Russian, wants to play for Russian football team

July 14, 2016, 8:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Brazilian football player Mario Fernandes has been granted Russian citizenship

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Mario Fernandes

Mario Fernandes

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MOSCOW, July 14 /TASS/. Brazilian football player Mario Fernandes who now holds a Russian passport wants to play for the Russian national football team and will do everything he can to be useful to the state, the CSKA FC press service said on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on granting the Russian citizenship to Brazilian football player Mario Fernandes.

"I am proud of becoming Russian," the 25-year-old player said. "Russia became my second home after I had joined CSKA FC. I want to play for this country’s national team and I will do everything I can to be useful to the club and to the state," he added.

However, Fernandes, who applied for a Russian passport in May this year, is not going to renounce his Brazilian citizenship.

"Everything is okay, I am going to hold dual citizenship, both Russian and Brazilian," Fernandes told TASS earlier.

Fernandes joined CSKA FC in May 2012. In October 2014, he played his first and so far the only match for the Brazilian national team - a friendly vs. the team of Japan (4:0). The Brazilian has played 128 matches for CSKA FC having scored twice. Together with CSKA FC, Fernandes won three Russian national championships (2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16); and is the holder of the 2012-13 Russian Cup and the 2014 Russian Super Cup.

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