the new manager is rogério lourenco and Massa did not play under the new managers first match (friendly against equador). this is not very surprising because he plays 4-2-4, very suicidal. the strikers are Pato,Hulk,Neymar and vagner Love
sorry that i forgot to mention it is in dutch. but do you think his stats are good enough for the brazilian national squad? i would say not.
but when i looked at the entire squad, i noticed that there arent any decent MR's in Brazil atm. the best ones are neymar (not his natural position) hernanes and a 32 years old maicon. he might just be the best of the rest.
Maybe the manager needs a player like him. Eg. Ramires - he wouldn't fit into every system and may not in the Brazils top 10 players but he fitted into Dunga's system. Sometimes I require a really hardworking, physically top class midfielder to win the ball and make a simple lay-off. Maybe Rivaldo thought that player complemented his other central midfielder, or w/e.
Have to agree that he made the squad because he probably is the best RM in Brazil, seeing as no-one Brazilian usually plays there! The oddity is Rivaldo choosing a formation that needs a RM, but I suppose its possible given his illustrious career in Europe.