“Leal said: 'He needs you to go and pass somebody, don’t humiliate your opponents because you are disrespecting them.' And I was like, 'OK, now I understand.'
“He [Parreira] started calling me to meetings. Even when the national team was not playing they will call me in to look at Ronaldinho and what he was doing. Ronaldinho was going forward, creating and scoring goals and from that I started looking at football very differently.
“He also started giving me responsibility to say if you want to be part of the final squad for the World Cup, you can’t do what you are doing.
“Then I started playing differently and I started looking at football differently because my aim was to be in the final squad and he helped me to understand football tactics together with coach Pitso. Coach Pits and Carlos are the two coaches who got the best out of me.”
Modise starred for Orlando Pirates as he shouldered the responsibility of being the Bafana playmaker under Parreira, who won the 1994 World Cup with his native Brazil, in the build-up to and at the 2010 World Cup in SA.
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