He was nicknamed Verdugo [Executioner], because he “killed” his opponents with skill, very strong kicks and heads, and overall vision of the game. Uruguayan, he came from Peñarol with an impressive resume, including Libertadores and World championship titles. He arrived in 1971, at the age of 28, and shined with the Tricolor jersey until the age of 34. Pelé never hid his admiration for Pedro Rocha, saying that he was one of the top five best players in the world. To this day, Rocha is the only Uruguayan player to participate in four World Cups – 1962 to 1974.

Matches played for the club: 393
Debut: 09/27/1970
Last match: 10/02/1977
Goals scored for the club: 119
Date of birth: 12/03/1942, in Salto (Uruguay)


  • Paulista Championships of 1971 and 1975
  • Brazilian Championship of 1977 (on the bench)