Brazilian

If there is one place in the world that can offer every single earthly delight that any man could ever crave for, it is Brazil. Sprawling beaches, dramatic landscapes, lively metropolises, king-size carnivals — everything about Brazil holds the greatest enticement for the rest of the world. But, its physical attractions aside, Brazil is also home to some of world’s famous men and women. That is right! Greats like Ronaldo, Eduardo Saverin, Adriana Lima, Anderson Silva, Gisele Bundchen, Felipe Massa, Paulo Coelho, Andreas Pavel, Sergio Vieira de Mello call Brazil their home. Now if that is not enough testimony for you to believe Brazil’s ingenuity, listen to this. Brazil has also been home to some of world’s exciting inventions like the Walkman, Direct-Recording Electronic Voting Machine, Hot Air Balloon, Brain-Machine Interfaces, and Antivenom Serum. Now if your interest is spiked enough, let us get on with the famous biographies of equally famous Brazilians in their timeline, trivia, and facts captured below.

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 1 Neymar

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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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

Ronaldinho.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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

Ronaldo.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 5 Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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 Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Bündchen.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Fashion Model
Birthdate: July 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Três de Maio

Regarded as the epitome of supermodel, Gisele Bündchen is credited with bringing an end to the heroin chic era of modeling and ushering in a healthy look with curves. She pioneered and popularized the horse walk and is considered the only remaining supermodel. 

 7 Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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 8 Kaká

Kaká.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 9 Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model who became famous as a Victoria's Secret Angel. One of the longest-running Victoria's Secret Angels of all time, Lima was adjudged the most valuable Angel in 2017. Since 2003, she has been serving as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics. One of the world's highest-paid models, Adriana Lima is also known for her charity work.

 10 Rafael dos Anjos

Rafael dos Anjos.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 11 Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho.
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Listed In: Writers
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.

 12 Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 13 Camila Mendes

Camila Mendes.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: June 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia
Camila Mendes is best known for her Teen Choice Award-winning performance as Veronica Lodge in the CW series Riverdale. She has also been seen in the films Palm Springs and The Perfect Date. Born to Brazilian parents, Camila is said to have faced racial discrimination during her audition days.

 14 Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Fashion Model
Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erechim
Brazilian-American model/actor Alessandra Ambrósio has been a Victoria's Secret Angel and also promoted the brand’s PINK line. Named one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, she is also associated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, co-owns a beachwear brand, and has appeared on various TV shows.

 15 Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Born in Brazil, Morena Baccarin is the daughter of Italian actor Vera Setta. The Juilliard alumna is best known for series such as Homeland, Gotham, and Firefly and movies such as the Deadpool franchise. She voiced Gideon in The Flash. She also works for refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.

 16 Royce Gracie

Royce Gracie.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 17 Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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

 18 Rivaldo

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Listed In: Sportspersons
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

 19 Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 20 Alice Braga

Alice Braga.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Paulo

Alice Braga is one of the most popular Hollywood actresses from Brazil, having appeared in popular films like I Am Legend, Repo Men, The Rite, Predators, and Elysium. An openly bisexual actress, Alice Braga serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community, especially bisexuals.

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 21 Romário

Romário.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 22 José Aldo

José Aldo.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 23 Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 24 Thiago Alcântara

Thiago Alcântara
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Pietro Vernotico, Italy

 25 Camila Alves

Camila Alves.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Itambacuri, Minas Gerais

Camila Alves’s rags-to-riches story is an inspiration to many. The Brazilian beauty went from being a waitress to the brand ambassador of a Macy’s collection. She designs the Muxo brand of bags and has also dabbled in hosting, lifestyle blogging, and entrepreneurship. Camila is also known as Matthew McConaughey’s wife.

 26 Thiago Silva

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

Thiago Silva is a Brazilian professional footballer. He plays as a center-back for Premier League club Chelsea and the Brazil national team. He is counted among the best central defenders of his generation. He began playing football as a teenager and had a brilliant youth career. He made his international debut in 2008 and has appeared in seven major tournaments. 

 27 Gabriel Jesus

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

 28 Mia Goth

Mia Goth.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: November 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Southwark, London

English actress and model, Mia Goth, began her career as a teenage model. Soon, she ventured into acting as well and made her film debut. In the ensuing years, she appeared in many movies and TV shows, making a name for herself in the entertainment industry. The popular actress is a recipient of the Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award.

 29 Marcelo Vieira

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

 30 Wagner Moura

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

 31 Dani Alves

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

 32 Rodrigo Santoro

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.

 33 Hulk

Hulk.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 34 Robinho

Robinho.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 35 Alisson Becker

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

 36 Benny Blanco

Benny Blanco.
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Listed In: Musicians
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.

 37 Willian

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

 38 Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 36th President of Brazil
Birthdate: December 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Brazilian economist and politician Dilma Rousseff served as the president of Brazil from 2011 to 2016, becoming the first Brazilian woman president. She has also served as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s Chief of Staff earlier and has been part of various energy-conservation groups.

 39 Douglas Costa

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

 40 Zico

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

 41 Charles Oliveira

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

 42 Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn.
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Listed In: Business People
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.

 43 Casemiro

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

 44 Maurício Rua

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

 45 Richarlison

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

 46 Fred

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

 47 Wanderlei Silva

Wanderlei Silva.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 48 Garrincha

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Listed In: Sportspersons
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

 49 Hélio Gracie

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

 50 Deco

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