Above all else, Cafu is determined. As a child, he participated in nine screening tests to play football and failed every single time. He never gave up, until one day Telê Santana discovered him after a practice match against Itaquaquecetuba. The boy paid his dues under Telê, who always insisted he improved technical attributes in training sessions, especially crossing. Extremely versatile, Cafu played as right back and right forward in the super-team of the early 1990s. He was the right forward who most scored goals for São Paulo FC, not only for often crossing over to attack, but also for the quality of his football and physical conditioning.
After several championships won, he was traded with Real Zaragoza, in Spain. Abroad, he also played for Roma and Milan, in addition to being the Brazilian Team captain in the 2002 World Cup (and the only player in history to ever participate in three World Cup finals).
Matches played for the club: 273
Last match: 11/30/1994
Goals scored for the club: 38
Date of birth: 06/07/1970, in São Paulo (SP)
- Club World Cup of 1992 and 1993
- Copa Libertadores of 1992 and 1993
- Supercopa Sudamericana of 1993
- Recopa Sudamericana of 1993 and 1994
- Brazilian Championship of 1991
- Paulista Championship of 1991 and 1992