Famous Brazilian Sportspersons

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Extravagant carnivals, sumptuous food, deep-religious seat and scintillating landscapes beautifully define Brazil for tourists and travellers alike. The land of Christ the Redeemer, Brazil has been the potpourri of cultures, traditions and heritage. However, there is lot more to this ethically rich nation – Brazil has been the address of several well-known scientists, film stars, litterateurs, political heroes, activists and sports personnel. Talking about sports, the favourable climate of the country has helped it establish a significant sporting culture. Right from football to martial arts, tennis to basketball, motorsports to volleyball or rugby to boxing, Brazilians have excelled in all forms of sports, leaving an indelible mark on the modern world. Soccer or football remains the top favourite sport of the country. A number of well-known football players hail from the country including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Pele, Kaka and Adriano. Volleyball is the next loved sport of the country. A world champion in beach volleyball, Brazilian volleyball players have won gold several times in Olympics. Furthermore, Brazilians have excelled in motorsports as well, having eminent names like Ayrton Senna, Rubens Barrichello, Bruno Senna, Felipe Massa and Lucas Di Grassi breaking major records and wining more than 100 Formula One races. Check this segment to learn in details about the life and profile of Brazilian sportsperson.
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Neymar
(Football Player)
Neymar
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Birthdate: February 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: 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.
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Pele
(Football player)
Pele
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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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Ronaldinho
(Football Player)
Ronaldinho
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Birthdate: March 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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.

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Ronaldo
(Brazilian Retired Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Ronaldo
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Birthdate: September 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, he played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year three times. He retired in 2011 and has since established himself as a successful businessperson.

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Ayrton Senna
(One of the Greatest F1 Drivers in the History of the Sport)
Ayrton Senna
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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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Kaká
(Brazilian Former Professional Football Payer Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Kaká
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Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gama, Federal District, Brazil

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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Anderson Silva
(One of the Best Mixed Martial Artists of All Time)
Anderson Silva
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Birthdate: April 14, 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.

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Rafael dos Anjos
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Rafael dos Anjos
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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.

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Roberto Carlos
(Football Player)
Roberto Carlos
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Birthdate: April 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Garça, State of São Paulo, Brazil

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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Philippe Coutinho
(Brazilian Professional Football Player Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder and Winger)
Philippe Coutinho
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Birthdate: June 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.

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Rivaldo
(Football Player)
Rivaldo
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Birthdate: April 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: State of Pernambuco, 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
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Roberto Firmino
(Footballer)
Roberto Firmino
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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
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José Aldo
(Mixed Martial Artist)
José Aldo
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Birthdate: September 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil
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.
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Alisson
(Brazilian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Alisson
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Birthdate: October 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
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Marcelo Vieira
(Football - Left-back for Brazil)
Marcelo Vieira
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Birthdate: May 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian footballer Marcelo Vieira, who now captains the Spanish club Real Madrid, is known as one of the world’s best left-backs. The Rio-born football star has previously had a successful stint with the Brazilian club Fluminense. He also won Brazil a team bronze and a team silver at the Olympics.

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Royce Gracie
(One of the Most Influential Figures in the History of Mixed Martial Arts)
Royce Gracie
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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.

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Gabriel Jesus
(Football player)
Gabriel Jesus
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Birthdate: April 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Thiago Silva
(Brazilian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Thiago Silva
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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. 

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Romário
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Romário
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Birthdate: January 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of 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.
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Charles Oliveira
(Mixed martial artist)
Charles Oliveira
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Birthdate: October 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guarujá Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil
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David Luiz
(Brazilian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Centre-back)
David Luiz
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Birthdate: April 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Diadema, Brazil

David Luiz is a Brazilian professional footballer. He currently plays for the Brazilian sports club Flamengo. He is primarily a center-back, but he can also play as a defensive midfielder. Since making his full international debut for Brazil in 2010, he has earned over 50 caps for his country. He also co-owns an Italian restaurant.  

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Willian
(Football player)
Willian
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Birthdate: August 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ribeirão Pires, Brazil
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Robinho
(Footballer)
Robinho
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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.

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Vitor Belfort
(Mixed Martial Artist Who Competes in the Heavyweight, Middleweight Divisions)
Vitor Belfort
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Birthdate: April 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Hulk
(Footballer)
Hulk
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Birthdate: July 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Campina Grande, Brazil

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.

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Fred
(Football player)
Fred
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Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Lyoto Machida
(Brazilian Professional Mixed Martial Artist and Karateka)
Lyoto Machida
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Birthdate: May 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salvador, 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.

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Casemiro
(Association football player)
Casemiro
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Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São José dos Campos
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Dani Alves
(Footballer Right-Back)
Dani Alves
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Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Juazeiro, State of Bahia, Brazil

Dani Alves is a Brazilian professional footballer. He currently plays as a right-back for La Liga club Barcelona and the Brazil national team. He is widely considered one of the greatest full-backs of all time. With 46 titles at the senior level and 47 official titles overall, he is the most decorated player in the history of football. 

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Fabrício Werdum
(Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist)
Fabrício Werdum
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Birthdate: July 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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Maurício Rua
(Mixed martial artist)
Maurício Rua
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Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil
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Fabinho
(Association football player)
Fabinho
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Birthdate: October 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Campinas, Brazil
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Rubens Barrichello
(Racing Driver Who Competed in Formula One Between 1993 and 2011)
Rubens Barrichello
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Birthdate: May 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Rubens Barrichello is a Brazilian racing driver best known for competing in Formula One and scoring 11 Grand Prix wins between 1993 and 2011. From 2000 to 2005, he drove for Ferrari as Michael Schumacher's teammate and contributed to five constructors' titles for Ferrari.

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Oscar
(Footballer)
Oscar
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Birthdate: September 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Americana, São Paulo, Brazil
 35 
Douglas Costa
(Association football player)
Douglas Costa
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Birthdate: September 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sapucaia do Sul
 36 
Nelson Piquet
(Racecar driver)
Nelson Piquet
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Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While he initially excelled in tennis, Nelson Piquet later made a name for himself as one of Brazil’s top racers. A 3-time world champion, the Formula One star later also ventured into business. He owned a GPS-tracking company and also launched the racing team Piquet Sports.

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Hélio Gracie
(Martial artist)
Hélio Gracie
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Birthdate: October 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: January 29, 2009
 38 
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Brazilian Formula One Racing Champion in 1972 and 1974)
Emerson Fittipaldi
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Birthdate: December 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Emerson Fittipaldi is a Brazilian retired racing driver best known for winning both the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One World Championship twice each. In 1972, he won the World Drivers' Championship at the age of 25, becoming the youngest F1 world champion. In 2001, Emerson Fittipaldi was made an inductee of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

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Ederson
(Footballer)
Ederson
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Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Osasco, State of São Paulo, Brazil
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Richarlison
(Association football player)
Richarlison
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Birthdate: May 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nova Venécia, Brazil
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Junior dos Santos
(Mixed martial artist)
Junior dos Santos
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Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caçador, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil
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Demian Maia
(One of the Greatest Grapplers in Mixed Martial Artist History)
Demian Maia
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Birthdate: November 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian grappler and mixed martial artist Demian Maia is regarded as one of the greatest grapplers in MMA history. He currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as a Welterweight. He began training in judo as a child and started practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a young man. Today, he is a fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Wanderlei Silva
(Mixed martial artist,)
Wanderlei Silva
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Birthdate: July 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil

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.

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Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
(Retired Mixed Martial Artist)
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
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Birthdate: June 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vitória da Conquista, Brazil
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Gabriel Martinelli
(Footballer Forward)
Gabriel Martinelli
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Birthdate: June 18, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guarulhos, Brazil
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Deco
(Retired Professional Football Player and Sports Agent)
Deco
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Birthdate: August 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
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Sócrates
(Football player)
Sócrates
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Birthdate: February 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: December 4, 2011
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Lucas Moura
(Association football player)
Lucas Moura
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Birthdate: August 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
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Emerson Palmieri
(Footballer left-back)
Emerson Palmieri
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Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
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Garrincha
(Football player)
Garrincha
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Birthdate: October 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pau Grande, Magé, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: January 20, 1983