Central midfielder who has spent the majority of his career playing in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates with such clubs as Flamengo, Corinthians and Al-Shabab. He debuted with Brazil internationally in 2011.
He began playing soccer while living in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
He was named as the Best Central Midfielder in Campeonato Carioca in 2011.
He married a woman named Karina and has children named Rebeca, Karen and Renata.
He and Lucas Leiva were included on the 2006 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year.