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Luiz Gustavo in charge of the hard work for host Brazil at World Cup

Cameroon's Maxim Choupo-Moting (13) is tripped in front of Brazil's Luiz Gustavo (17) and Brazil's Marcelo (6) during the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Cameroon's Maxim Choupo-Moting (13) is tripped in front of Brazil's Luiz Gustavo (17) and Brazil's Marcelo (6) during the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)  (The Associated Press)

Luiz Gustavo has the tough job for Brazil at the World Cup.

While Neymar is scoring the goals, Gustavo is staying back protecting the defense.

The soft-spoken defensive midfielder knows he gets almost no accolades from fans for his role, and he is just fine with that.

He says "it's natural" that people don't talk about him often. He says, "I like to live my life this way. I'll leave the rest to the more popular players. I don't see any problem with that."

A former striker, Gustavo says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has made it clear what he wants from him, so he has no thoughts of venturing into attack.

The Wolfsburg player enters the round of 16 as one of the tournament's leaders in dispossessions, with 24.