Soccer Player

Birthday March 21, 1980

Birth Sign Aries

Birthplace Porto Alegre, Brazil

Age 44 years old

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Attacking midfielder who became a star for the Brazilian national team after debuting in 1999. He played for FC Barcelona from 2003 to 2008 and was named the 2004-05 FIFA World Player of the Year. 

Before Fame

He was nicknamed El Gaucho at the age of 8 because he was smaller than most of his peers. When he was 13, he scored 23 goals in a 23-0 match. 


In 2005, he received international honors during the FIFA Confederations Cup and was also awarded with the Ballon d'Or. 

Family Life

He became a father on February 25, 2005 when Brazilian dancer Janaina Mendes gave birth to their son. He named the child João after his late father. 

Associated With

Soccer legend Pele included him on the FIFA 100 list, a compilation of the world's greatest players.