Midfielder who is famous for his career playing in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, including for top flight club Corinthians. He obtained his third Campeonato Brasileiro Série A championship in 2017 with the club, and won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2012.
He played his youth soccer for Goiás' youth academy. He later made his debut with the club's senior squad in 1999.
He led the Kashima Antlers of the Japanese J1 League to the Emperors Cup victory in 2007. He also contributed to the São Paulo FC club that won the 2006 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A title.
He was originally born and raised in São Gotardo, Brazil.
He and Angel Romero have played as teammates for Corinthians.