Paqueta scored the winners against Chile and Peru in the knockout stage, played in five out of six matches and became a frontrunner to take a position that once belonged to Philippe Coutinho.
The pandemic, the last-minute hosting, some unimpressive matches, and the fact that the most popular broadcaster is not showing the Copa America have cut down the fans' interest.
Peru were non-existant as an attacking force and when they did manage to win a corner just after the half hour, they ended up playing the ball all the way back to Gallese.
Captain Casemiro is yet to find out whether he will play as defensive midfielder next to Douglas Luiz, Fred or Lucas Paqueta.
Brazil leads the South American qualifying group with four wins from four matches, two points ahead of Argentina.
Brazilian media even started monitoring his dives during games, and the internet was filled with images showing the Paris Saint-Germain player falling and rolling around on different occasions.
Coach Tite’s eagerness to take the best from different styles & evolve following needs of the modern game has rejuvenated the Selecao
With Germany having failing to advanced past the first round for the first time in 80 years, Brazil are now installed with many bookmakers as they favourite to win the World Cup.
It will be the first time Brazil brings a prominent attacking foursome like the one that attracted all the headlines 12 years ago with Ronaldinho, Kaka, Ronaldo and Adriano.
Tite's Brazilian squad head into the tournament as one of the favourites, and will meet Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.
Brazil begin their campaign next Sunday, June 17, when they face Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don.
To the fans, he is affectionately known as Firmino Safadao (Naughty Firmino), and their favorite to be Brazil's main striker at the World Cup in Russia.