Player Details




5' 9"


141 lbs

Date of Birth

6.19.1979 (44)


Uraí, Brazil


Career Summary

2013: Started the year with Bahia… made four appearances… Scored once in a January 27 game against Ceará… Dealt to Philadelphia Union in exchange for Freddy Adu on March

2012: Appreaed in three league games for Flamengo… Saw time in six matches of the Rio de Janeiro State League for Flamengo, scoring four goals… Signed with Bahia on a two-year contract in July … Scored his first goal for Bahia on his debut, against his former club Flamengo… Totaled 23 appearances and three goals scored during the year

2011: Sent on loan to his former club Atlético Paranaense by Flamengo… Saw time in 18 league matches, including four others in Cup matches… Scored two goals for Paranaense… The club finished as the runner-up of the Paraná State League

2010: Saw time in 21 league matches for Flamengo and 42 games total… During the 2010 Rio de Janeiro State League he scored three goals, as his team finished as the runner-up… Scored another three goals during league matches

2009: During his second year with Flamengo he appeared in 36 total matches, scoring six goals… Suffered a dislocated shoulder in August that was expected to keep him out the rest of the year but he was able to recover quickly and get back to action by November… Helped lead Flamengo to the Brazilian Série A title, the second of his career… During the Rio de Janeiro State League he appeared in 16 matches, scoring three times, and leading his team to the Championship, at the time a record 31st

2008: Was unable to play for Flamengo until February due to problems in regard to his resignation from Beşiktaş… Saw time in 45 matches total, scoring six goals… In the Rio de Janeiro State League he scored one goal in 13 games played

2006-07: Saw time in 19 games total… Scored one goal during the season… Had a contract dispute with his club, which led him to unilaterally terminate his contract with Beşiktaş… Signed with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo of the Brasilerirão in September… Due to a the contract situation he was unable to play for Flamengo during the remainder of 2007

2005-06: Transferred to Beşiktaş of Istanbul in August… Appeared in 37 matches for his new team, scoring three times in league play… Led his team to the Turkish Cup title

2004-05: Saw time in 14 matches for Man U… Was limited due to injuries

2003-04: Signed with Manchester United in August after receiving interest from many high profile clubs a very strong World Cup… Was seen as a replacement for Juan Sebastián Verón… Injured in his second appearance with the club, something that would cause him problems for the next two years… Scored his only two goals during his Man U career at home against Blackburn Rovers and Everton… Helped lead Man U to the FA Community Shield and the FA Cup title

2003: In his fifth season with Atlético Paranaense he saw time in 12 matches in league play… Also saw time in two league cup matches, scoring two goals

2002: Appeared in 21 league matches, scoring four goals… Also took part in six matches during the Copa Libertadores in which he scored another goal… Also helped Atlético to the Paraná State League Super Championship

2001: Led Paranaesne to both the Brazilian Série A championship and Paraná State League title… He won the Bola de Prata as the best player at his respective position in the Brasileirão… During league play he appeared in 29 matches, scoring three goals… During league Cup play he added one more goal in seven games… His high level of play for the club led to his selection on the 2002 Brazil World Cup team

2000: Saw action in 24 matches during league play and two in cup play… Scored four goals on the year… Was part of his first championship team as Atlético won the Paraná State League title

1999: Made his professional debut with Atlético Paranaense and appeared in 14 matches in league play… Scored his first career professional goal during the season… Saw action in three league cup matches and scored two goals

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Made his first international appearance in a friendly against Bolivia on January 31, 2002… He scored his first international goal in the game; the fourth in a 6-0 win… After his strong showing during the year he was selected for the Brazilian World Cup team in 2002… He made his first World Cup appearance in the team’s fifth game, against England… His tackle on his future team-mate Paul Scholes led to Brazil's equalizer before Brazil ended up winning 2–1… Brazil eventually went on to win the Cup, and he helped set up one of the goals in the victory… Included on the Brazil 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup… Included on the Brazil squad for the Copa América 2004, making five appearances (all starts) as Brazil claimed the title… Following a four year layoff from the national team he was recalled for two matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup… After recovering from injury he was once again recalled for a friendly against Ireland on February 9, 2010… Called up to the 2010 World Cup team… In total he has made 32 appearances for Brazil, notching two goals, both in 2002