Left back who helped lead the Brazilian national team to a World Cup Championship in 2002; appeared in 370 matches for Real Madrid between 1996 and 2007 and was named UEFA Defender of the Year in 2002 and 2003.
He began his professional career at the age of 19 with Uniao Sao Joao.
He went into the business side of football after retiring, becoming the sporting director for the Russian Premier League club, Anzhi Makhachkala.
He grew up in a poor farming family and spent his childhood helping the family on the farm.
He played alongside the great Ronaldo on the Brazilian national team.