• Born on 16 may 1925, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Botafogo: 1948-1964: 723 games, 11 goals
  • Died on 27 november 2013


"Tall and solidly built, but stylish on the ball, in the late 1940s Santos became probably the first fullback of note to regard offence as an integral part of his play, in an era when even defensive midfielders rarely crossed the halfway line. Although never a prolific scorer of goals, he was an excellent dribbler of the ball, foraging down the flank at every opportunity, adding both momentum and extra balance to the team."

  • The Telegraph