08 June 2009
Alberto Navarro / Translation by realmadrid.com
Fernando Giudicelli was the first Brazilian to dress for Real Madrid. Kaka is the most recent to continue the long-standing relationship between the Best Team of the 20th Century and Brazilian football. Between the two we find players who have graced Real Madrid with their talent: Canario, Didi, Ricardo Rocha, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Marcelo, Pepe… the best predecessors for the newest arrival.
Fernando Giudicelli (1935, 1936)
Left Torino to join Real Madrid. Only played one league match.
Darcy Silveyra Dos Santos Canario (1959, 1962)
Strong winger who played 28 league matches and scored six goals for Real Madrid.
Waldir Pereira Didi (1959-1960)
The first black player in club history, Didi was the best player of the 1958 World Cup won by Brazil. Didi invented the ‘folha seca’, a shot thank sunk midway through its trajectory and drove goalkeeper's mad. He arrived from Botafogo and scored six goals in 19 matches.
Evaristo de Macedo Filho (1962-1964)
Played in 24 matches and scored seven goals after landing in the Spanish capital via Barcelona.
Ricardo Roberto Barreto de Rocha (1991-1993)
Raised the World Cup trophy in 1990 and 1994 as one of the best center backs in the game.
Claudemir Vitor (1993-1994)
Only played in three matches for Real Madrid after leaving Sao Paulo.
Cesar Prates (1996-1997)
Was unsuccessful with the first team and ended up playing for Real Madrid B.
Roberto Carlos (1996-2007)
One of the most invaluable football players ever, Roberto Carlos left Inter Milan for Real Madrid as a talented hopeful and became one of the world's best left-backs.
Ze Roberto (1997-1998)
His lack of experience prevented him from enjoying any success at Real Madrid, but his later years in Germany proved very fruitful.
Savio Bortoloni (1997-2002)
Savio slowly but surely earned the support of the Santiago Bernabeu. His performance was key en route to the eighth European Cup.
Rodrigo Fabri (1998-2003)
His great left foot was a stark contrast to his poor attitude, which prevented him from succeeding at Real Madrid, with whom he played only two friendlies.
Julio Cesar (1999-2003)
Played in 33 matches with Real Madrid under the orders of John Benjamin Toshack.
Flavio Conceiçao (2000-2004)
Despite a productive career with Deportivo Coruña, Conceiçao had trouble adjusting to Real Madrid due in large part to a plague of injuries.
Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima (2002-2008)
One of the all-time great forwards of football, his name is forever linked to scoring ability.
Julio Cesar Baptista (2005-2008)
Stood out for his physical and monstrous strength. Played for Real Madrid for one year after leaving Sevilla, and then was loaned to Arsenal for one season before returning to the Spanish capital as a starter.
Suffered a severe injury that kept him sidelined for several months. In 2007 he was transferred to Roma.
His spectacular debut against Cadiz captured headlines around the world. Designated as his successor by Pele himself, Robinho spent three seasons in Madrid before heading to Manchester City.
Emerson Ferreira Da Sosa (2006-07)
Emerson's career is closely linked to Italian coach Fabio Capello. The two coincided at Roma, Juventus and then Real Madrid.
Marcelo Vieira (2007- present)
Fresh off his best season after the arrival of Juande Ramos. Although he prefers playing as a left-back, he dazzled fans as an attacking left winger this year.
Pepe (2007- present)
Fast, intelligent and placement are the best attributes of the Brazilian-born, Portuguese national. Pepe is one of the biggest names when it comes to defense in football today.