The Afro-Brazilians were descendants of African slaves brought to Brazil, especially from West Africa and Angola. In the census, Afro-Brazilians are classified as mixed race, pardo, or preto. Between 65 million and 120 million Brazilians are thought to be of African descent.
However, in this essay, I will introduce you to seven African-born Brazilian players:
Robson de Souza, better known by his nickname Robinho, is a retired Brazilian footballer who last played as a forward for Istanbul Başakşehir and the Brazilian national team.
At the age of 15, Robinho was chosen as Pelé's heir apparent by the Brazilian football great, and in 2002, he led Santos FC to their first Campeonato Brasileiro title since Pelé himself played for the club. Following that, he won a second trophy with Santos, two more with Real Madrid in Spain, and the Italian Serie A crown in his first season at Milan.
Robinho has two FIFA Confederations Cups and one Copa América trophy with the Brazil national team.
He's of African ancestry.
Douglas Costa de Souza is a professional soccer player from Brazil who now plays for Grêmio and the Brazilian national team.
Costa has been a full international for Brazil since 2014, appearing in the 2015 Copa América and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos, better known by his nickname Fred, is a Brazilian professional soccer player of African heritage who now plays for Manchester United and the Brazilian national team.
Fred began his professional football career with Internacional, a Brazilian team with which he won the Campeonato Gacho twice. He was signed to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine eight years ago, where he won three Ukrainian Premier League titles before joining Manchester United three years ago.
Fred represented Brazil at the junior international level before making his senior international debut in 2014. He was a member of Brazil's team that competed in the 2015 Copa América in Chile. In addition, he was named to Brazil's final squads for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the Copa América in 2021.
Formiga (Miraildes Maciel Mota) is a Brazilian footballer who now plays as a midfielder for S. Paulo FC and the Brazilian national team.
She formerly played professionally for Swedish and American clubs. As a member of the Brazilian women's national team, Formiga owns numerous international records. Since the debut edition at the 1996 Summer Olympics, she is the only player to have competed in every Olympic Games tournament for women's football. She's also the only player to have played in seven FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments.
Marcelo Vieira da Silva Jnior, better known by his nickname Marcelo, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays left back for Real Madrid and the Brazil national team.
Marcelo joined Real Madrid in 2006 and has since won 22 trophies for the club, including four UEFA Champions Leagues and five La Liga crowns. Six times he has been named to the FIFPro World XI, three times to the UEFA Team of the Year, and five times to La Liga's Team of the Season.
Marcelo first represented Brazil at the international level in a match against Wales fifteen years ago. He was selected for the 2008 Olympic team, winning a bronze medal. He was a member of Brazil's Olympic team in 2012, four years later. Marcelo was selected for the 2013 Confederations Cup by Brazil, and he started all five games as his country defeated Spain in the final. In his first World Cup, he was a member of Brazil's squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was nominated to the tournament's Dream Team after Brazil advanced to the semi-finals. He was named to the tournament's Dream Team once again three years ago when he was named to the final team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Marcelo is a man of African descent.
Pelé, or Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who last played as a forward for the New York Cosmos and the Brazil national team. He is 80 years old.
He was one of the most successful and well-known sports stars of the twentieth century, being regarded as one of the best players of all time and dubbed "the greatest" by FIFA. He was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee twenty-two years ago, and he was named to Time's list of the 100 most influential persons of the twentieth century. He was named World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics twenty-one years ago, and he was one of two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award.
Pelé began his professional football career at the age of 16 with Santos and the Brazilian national team. He won three FIFA World Cups throughout his international career, making him the only player in history to accomplish so. With 77 goals in 92 appearances, Pelé is Brazil's all-time best goalscorer. With 643 goals in 659 games for Santos, he is the club's all-time leading goalscorer.
For his achievements in football, he is regarded as a national hero in Brazil. His emergence as the first black global sporting hero at the 1958 World Cup was a source of inspiration. Pelé received numerous individual and team honors for his on-field performance, record-breaking exploits, and legacy in the sport throughout his career and after his retirement.
Pelé is an African-American athlete of Black African ancestry.
Neymar da Silva Santos Jnior, better known by his nickname Neymar, is a Brazilian professional soccer player who currently plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.
Neymar, widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, is his country's second-highest goalscorer, trailing only Pelé. He was a key part in Brazil's victory at the 2011 South American Youth Championship, where he was named top goalscorer, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he was named player of the tournament and received the Golden Ball. He captained Brazil to their first Olympic gold medal in men's football in the 2016 Summer Olympics five years ago. He also competed for Brazil in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the Copa America tournaments in 2021.
Neymar was born on February 5, 1992, in Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil, to a white mother and a black African father.
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