Famous Brazilian Men

Brazil conjures up a spectacular imagery of colonial infrastructure, pristine beaches, gargantuan carnivals and festivals and of course, the 98-foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. A global power in many sense, it is the fifth largest country in the world and the seventh largest in terms of economy. But Brazil has more to it than its colourful carnivals, beautiful beaches and religious sites – its talented bunch of men and women who through their exemplary works have led the country to become a powerhouse that it is today. Talking of extraordinary Brazilian men primarily, their contribution to the world forum has been absolutely immeasurable.

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 1 Neymar

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mogi das Cruzes, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Amongst the best football players in the world presently, Neymar is a part of Brazil national team and French club Paris Saint-Germain. The prolific goal scorer debuted with Santos and played for Barcelona before joining PSG in a deal that made him the world’s most expensive player. He led Brazil national team to its first Olympic gold medal in 2016.

 2 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.

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 3 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.

 4 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

 5 Anderson Silva

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian MMA legend Anderson Silva began learning Taekwondo at 12. He holds the record of the longest reign by any UFC title-holder, being the middleweight champion from 2006 to 2013, and also has a record of 16 consecutive wins. He also has black belts in multiple martial art forms.

 6 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.

 7 Kaká

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brasília, Federal District

Regarded as one of the best footballers of his generation, Kaká is a Brazilian retired football player. He is one of eight footballers to have won the Ballon d'Or, the UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA World Cup. Also known for his humanitarian work, Kaká has been working with the United Nations, as part of its World Food Programme initiative.

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 8 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.

 9 Paulo Coelho

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Famous As: Brazilian lyricist
Birthdate: August 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho is best known for his iconic novel The Alchemist, which has been translated into about 70 languages. He was once sent to a mental institution by his parents for not following the usual career path. He dropped out of law school and became a hippie later.

 10 Philippe Coutinho

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cartagena

Brazilian footballer, Phillipe Coutinho, is hailed as one of the most talented midfielders and playmakers in the world. He has been a key player for Premier League clubs like Inter Milan, Liverpool, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He was a member of the Brazilian national team that won the 2019 Copa America.

 11 Roberto Firmino

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maceió, Alagoas
Roberto Firmino started his career with Figueirense and Hoffenheim, before joining Liverpool, with whom he won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, and a Premier League. Known for his no-look goals and Matador-style celebration, he was part of the 2019 Copa America-winning Brazil team

 12 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.

 13 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

 14 Lyoto Machida

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil

Brazilian professional mixed martial artist Lyoto Machida is currently signed with Bellator MMA. He competes in the light heavyweight division. He was previously associated with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The son of Shotokan karate master Yoshizo Machida, Lyoto began his training when he was just three. He has an MMA record of 26 wins from 36 matches.

 15 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.

 16 José Aldo

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: September 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manaus
MMA fighter José Aldo is best known for his UFC Featherweight Championship win in 2010, a title he defended seven times. In 2014, his win against Cad Mendes was termed the Fight of the Year by many organizations. By 2020, he was ranked 6th in the UFC Bantamweight rankings.

 17 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.

 18 Thiago Alcântara

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Pietro Vernotico, Italy

 19 Thiago Silva

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 20 Gabriel Jesus

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil
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 21 Marcelo Vieira

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 22 Rodrigo Santoro

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian actor and voice actor Rodrigo Santoro is best known for his portrayal of Persian King Xerxes in the movie 300. After training at the Actor's Workshop of Rede Globo, he started appearing in TV shows. Eventually, he began acting in films in Brazil. He has also appeared in many Hollywood movies and is the recipient of many awards.

 23 Hulk

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Campina Grande, Paraiba

Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, better known as Hulk due to his strong built, is a Brazilian football player. He is currently one of the most important members of the Shanghai SIPG F.C., which competes in the Chinese Super League. Also a key player for Brazil, Hulk helped his national team win the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

 24 Robinho

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Vicente, São Paulo

Robinho is a Brazilian football player who was lucky and talented enough to be picked by Pelé as his heir apparent when the former was 15 years old. However, his career has been marked by inconsistency and Robinho is often accused of not living up to his potential. He has also been convicted of sexual assault by an Italian court.

 25 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

 26 Benny Blanco

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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: March 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reston, Virginia
Record producer and songwriter Benny Blanco has worked with renowned artists such as Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. His debut solo single, Eastside, was a Billboard Hot 100-charter. He has won the BMI Songwriter of the Year five times. He also had a collaborative cooking show on YouTube.

 27 Willian

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

 28 Wagner Moura

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rodelas, Bahia, Brazil

 29 Charles Oliveira

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

 30 Dani Alves

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

 31 Douglas Costa

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

 32 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

 33 Casemiro

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

 34 Carlos Ghosn

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Famous As: Former CEO of Renault & Nissan
Birthdate: March 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guajará-Mirim, State of Rondônia, Brazil

Carlos Ghosn is a French–Lebanese–Brazilian businessman who served as the CEO of Michelin North America. He also served as the chairman and CEO of Nissan and Renault. In 1999, he saved Nissan from near bankruptcy and turned around its fortune. In 2018, he was arrested in Japan for misusing Nissan's assets. He dramatically escaped from the custody is currently an internationally wanted fugitive.

 35 Maurício Rua

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil

 36 Fred

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

 37 Richarlison

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

 38 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.

 39 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

 40 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

 41 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

 42 Fabinho

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

 43 Lucas Moura

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

 44 Felipe Massa

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

 45 Ederson

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Osasco, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 46 Paulo Freire

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Famous As: Educator and Philosopher
Birthdate: September 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Recife, Brazil
Died: May 2, 1997
An advocate of critical consciousness as a form of pedagogy, Paulo Freire grew up amid abject poverty in a Depression-hit Brazil. Remembered for his iconic work Pedagogy of the Oppressed, the revered educator who supported dialogic education had also won accolades such as the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

 47 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

 48 Rubens Barrichello

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

 49 Michel Temer

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Famous As: 37th President of Brazil
Birthdate: September 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tietê

Michel Temer is a Brazilian politician who served as the 37th president of Brazil from 2016 to 2019. He assumed office following the impeachment of his predecessor Dilma Rousseff. Prior to that, he had been the vice president. A qualified lawyer, he has been active in politics since his college days. He was unpopular as the president. 

 50 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

Paulo Coelho and his books, Ronaldo and his soccer, Eduardo Saverin and his powerful social media platform Facebook, Rodolfo Amoedo and his paintings, Mario de Andrade’s poetry and Jorge Paulo Lemann’s AmBev and 3G Capital - Brazil has been a hotbed of talented men. And that it not all for Brazil has been home to greatest scientists, inventors, historical figures, models, intellectuals, religious leaders, musicians, monarchs, actors and sports personnels. Read this section to update yourself with the life, career, works and timeline of famous Brazilian men.