Famous 20th Century Brazilian Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Brazilian Sportspersons, including José Aldo, Neymar, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Anderson Silva.

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 1 Ronaldinho

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Alegre

Regarded as one of the best football players of all time, Ronaldinho played a crucial role in Brazil’s victory in 2002 FIFA World Cup. Later, he helped FC Barcelona win two La Liga and a UEFA Champions League title. The two time FIFA world Player of the Year, who retired in 2018, was known for his technical skills and creativity.

 2 Ronaldo

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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 3 Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna.
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Famous As: Formula One Driver
Birthdate: March 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
Died: May 1, 1994

Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian racing driver. Widely considered one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, Ayrton had won the prestigious F1 World Drivers' Championship thrice. Following his fatal accident in 1994, several safety improvements were introduced to the sports' set-up; higher crash safety standards, redesigned tracks, and improved crash barriers became part of the sport.

 4 Pele

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Famous As: Brazilian footballer
Birthdate: October 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tres Coracoes, Brazil

Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was named the Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS. He called football “The Beautiful Game” and was one of the world’s highest-paid athlete for a while. His 1281 goals in 1363 games is a Guinness World Record.

 5 Rafael dos Anjos

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rafael dos Anjos is a Brazilian-American mixed martial artist. A former UFC Lightweight Champion, dos Anjos is renowned for his aggressive approach, which often takes his opponents by surprise. Characterized by his strong takedown capabilities and physical strength, dos Anjos holds victories over popular martial artists like Robbie Lawler and Benson Henderson.

 6 Rivaldo

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Famous As: Former Brazilian Footballer
Birthdate: April 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paulista, Brazil
Brazilian former footballer Rivaldo is known for his powerful strikes and has had successful stints with the clubs Barcelona and Milan. He is the seventh-highest goal-scorer for Brazil and was part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning team. Post-retirement, he appeared in the film I Am Not Salvador

 7 Roberto Carlos

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: April 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Garça

A major force behind Brazil’s World Cup win in 2002, Roberto Carlos was born into a poor peasant family and grew up working on his family farm. He soared to fame during his 11-season stint with Real Madrid, winning four La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions Leagues with them.

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 8 Royce Gracie

Royce Gracie.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: December 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian MMA fighter Royce Gracie, part of the renowned Gracie family of mixed martial artists, won the UFC 1, UFC 2, and UFC 4 championships. He made the Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, popular, and holds the 7th degree red/black coral belt in the art.

 9 Romário

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Famous As: Former Brazilian Football Star
Birthdate: January 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of football, Romario has had an engaging and electric presence both on and off field. He starred in Brazil's 1994 FIFA World Cup triumph and was named the Player of The Tournament, earning a Golden Ball. He later turned to politics after he bid adieu to the field.

 10 Alisson Becker

Alisson Becker
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Novo Hamburgo, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

 11 Wanderlei Silva

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Famous As: MMA
Birthdate: July 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Curitiba

Brazilian-American MMA fighter Wanderlei Silva, or The Axe Murderer, is known for his stints with the UFC and the Japanese Pride Fighting Championships. He set a Pride record for the longest winning streak. He has also participated in Bellator MMA contests and heads the MMA training organization Wand Fight Team.

 12 Garrincha

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pau Grande, Magé, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: January 20, 1983

 13 Zico

Zico
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 14 Hélio Gracie

Hélio Gracie
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Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: October 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: January 29, 2009

 15 Emerson Fittipaldi

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Famous As: Formula One driver, Champ Car driver
Birthdate: December 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 16 Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: May 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

 17 Nelson Piquet

Nelson Piquet
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

 18 Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil

 19 Sócrates

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: December 4, 2011

 20 Dani Alves

Dani Alves
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Juazeiro

 21 Willian

Willian
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ribeirão Pires, Brazil

 22 Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guarujá Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil

 23 Douglas Costa

Douglas Costa
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sapucaia do Sul

 24 Fred

Fred
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil

 25 Casemiro

Casemiro
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São José dos Campos

 26 Richarlison

Richarlison
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nova Venécia, Brazil

 27 Fabinho

Fabinho
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Campinas, Brazil

 28 Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pojuca, State of Bahia, Brazil

 29 Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort
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Famous As: Boxer, Judoka, Mixed martial artist, Karateka
Birthdate: April 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

 30 Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

 31 Deco

Deco
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 32 Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: April 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

 33 Emerson Palmieri

Emerson Palmieri
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santos, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 34 Rickson Gracie

Rickson Gracie
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: November 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 35 Cafu

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Itaquaquecetuba, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 36 Anderson Varejao

Anderson Varejao
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Colatina, Brazil

 37 Rafael

Rafael
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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: July 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Petrópolis

 38 Alex Teixeira

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias

 39 Ramires

Ramires
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barra do Piraí

 40 Carlos Gracie

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Famous As: Martial Artist
Birthdate: September 14, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: October 7, 1994

Remembered as a pioneer of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie was enrolled into wrestling classes to channelize his aggression in childhood. He also followed what is known as the Gracie diet. Thirteen of his 21 children have the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt. He and his family developed the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

 41 Alex Sandro

Alex Sandro
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Catanduva

 42 Rivelino

Rivelino
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: São Paulo, SP, Brazil

 43 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Judoka, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, Boxer
Birthdate: June 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vitória da Conquista

 44 Jairzinho

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 45 Juninho Pernambucano

Juninho Pernambucano.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil

Juninho Pernambucano is a Brazilian former football player. Renowned for his curling free kicks, Juninho is considered the greatest free kick-taker in football history; he holds the record for converting the maximum number of goals (75) through free kicks. On the personal front, Juninho speaks out publicly against racism in Brazil and doesn’t shy away from criticizing President Jair Bolsonaro.

 46 Gabi Garcia

Gabi Garcia
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Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: November 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

 47 Renan Barão

Renan Barão
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: January 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

 48 Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dourados

 49 Renzo Gracie

Renzo Gracie
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 50 Rorion Gracie

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Famous As: Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master
Birthdate: January 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rorion Gracie is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master. Born into the famous Gracie family, which is credited with inventing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Rorion Gracie is credited with co-founding the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A multi-talented personality, Gracie is counted among the men responsible for introducing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the world.