Nílton Santos

1925 - 2013

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Nílton dos Santos (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈniwtõ ˈsɐ̃tus]; 16 May 1925 – 27 November 2013) was a Brazilian footballer who primarily played as a wingback. At international level, he was a member of the Brazil squads that won the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. Regarded as one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game, Nílton Santos is a member of the World Team of the 20th Century, and was named by Pelé one of the top 125 greatest living footballers at a FIFA Awards ceremony in 2004. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nílton Santos has received more than 232,441 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Nílton Santos is the 45th most popular soccer player (down from 40th in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from Brazil (down from 27th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Brazilian Soccer Player.

Nílton Santos is famous for being the first Brazilian to win a gold medal in judo.

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Among soccer players, Nílton Santos ranks 45 out of 16,923Before him are Ricardo Zamora, Paolo Maldini, Uwe Seeler, Bobby Charlton, Ronaldinho, and Antonín Panenka. After him are Béla Guttmann, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Djalma Santos, Omar Sívori, Romário, and Jairzinho.

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Among people born in 1925, Nílton Santos ranks 34Before him are Peter Sellers, Ananda Mahidol, Robert Edwards, Simon van der Meer, Ernst Happel, and Wong Fei-hung. After him are Frantz Fanon, Maya Plisetskaya, Rod Steiger, Paul Mauriat, Peter Brook, and Robert Altman. Among people deceased in 2013, Nílton Santos ranks 20Before him are Douglas Engelbart, Ronald Coase, Robert Edwards, Giulio Andreotti, Lou Reed, and Giuliano Gemma. After him are Djalma Santos, Jang Song-thaek, Christian de Duve, Jovanka Broz, Heinrich Rohrer, and Georges Moustaki.

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Among people born in Brazil, Nílton Santos ranks 28 out of 1,947Before him are Luiz Felipe Scolari (1948), Carlos Alberto Torres (1944), Emerson Fittipaldi (1946), Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887), Getúlio Vargas (1882), and Ronaldinho (1980). After him are João Gilberto (1931), Sérgio Vieira de Mello (1948), Djalma Santos (1929), Carlos Alberto Parreira (1943), Maria II of Portugal (1819), and Romário (1966).


Among soccer players born in Brazil, Nílton Santos ranks 12Before him are Sócrates (1954), Ronaldo (1976), Vavá (1934), Rivellino (1946), Carlos Alberto Torres (1944), and Ronaldinho (1980). After him are Djalma Santos (1929), Romário (1966), Jairzinho (1944), Arthur Friedenreich (1892), Leônidas (1913), and Roberto Carlos (1973).