1928 - 2001


Waldyr Pereira, better known as Didi (Portuguese pronunciation: [dʒiˈdʒi]; 8 October 1928 – 12 May 2001), was a Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder or as a forward. He played in three FIFA World Cups (1954, 1958, and 1962), winning the latter two and was awarded the Golden Ball, given to the tournament's best player, for his performance at the 1958 competition. An elegant player, Didi is considered to be the best midfielder of his generation and one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, and was renowned for his range of passing, stamina and technique; he was nicknamed the "Ethiopian Prince" throughout his career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Didi has received more than 54,520 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 19th most popular soccer player.

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Among soccer players, Didi ranks 19 out of 13,233Before him are Zinedine Zidane, Bobby Charlton, Michel Platini, Cesare Maldini, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, and Cristiano Ronaldo. After him are Just Fontaine, Francisco Gento, Zico, Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi, and Sándor Kocsis.

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Among people born in 1928, Didi ranks 19Before him are Serge Gainsbourg, Agnès Varda, Osamu Tezuka, Chinghiz Aitmatov, Jeanne Moreau, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. After him are Yves Klein, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Kim Yong-nam, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Alvin Toffler, and Martin Cooper. Among people deceased in 2001, Didi ranks 4Before him are Anthony Quinn, Tove Jansson, and George Harrison. After him are Claude Shannon, Christiaan Barnard, Jorge Amado, Herbert A. Simon, Jack Lemmon, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Fred Hoyle.

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In Brazil

Among people born in Brazil, Didi ranks 11 out of 1,296Before him are Ayrton Senna (1960), João Gilberto (1931), Dilma Rousseff (1947), Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (1945), Michel Temer (1940), and Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927). After him are Pedro II of Brazil (1825), Zico (1953), Sócrates (1954), Jorge Amado (1912), Jair Bolsonaro (1955), and Vavá (1934).


Among soccer players born in Brazil, Didi ranks 3Before him are Pelé (1940) and Garrincha (1933). After him are Zico (1953), Sócrates (1954), Vavá (1934), Mário Zagallo (1931), Ronaldo (1976), Carlos Alberto Torres (1944), Nílton Santos (1925), Ronaldinho (1980), and Rivellino (1946).

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