Nílton Santos

1925 - 2013

Nílton Santos

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 171,227 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 40th most popular soccer player.

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Among soccer players, Nílton Santos ranks 40 out of 13,233Before him are Antonín Panenka, Josef Masopust, Ronaldo, Béla Guttmann, Gordon Banks, and Carlos Alberto Torres. After him are Ronaldinho, Rivellino, Djalma Santos, Josef Bican, Bobby Moore, and Stanley Matthews.

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Among people born in 1925, Nílton Santos ranks 31Before him are Jack Lemmon, Peter Sellers, Simon van der Meer, Angela Lansbury, Frantz Fanon, and Pierre Boulez. After him are Robert Edwards, Wong Fei-hung, Bülent Ecevit, Bill Haley, Jacques Delors, and Peter Brook. Among people deceased in 2013, Nílton Santos ranks 18Before him are Tom Clancy, Giulio Andreotti, Ronald Coase, Giuliano Gemma, Lou Reed, and Paul Walker. After him are Robert Edwards, Donald A. Glaser, Djalma Santos, François Jacob, Christian de Duve, and Sung Jae-gi.

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In Brazil

Among people born in Brazil, Nílton Santos ranks 27 out of 1,296Before him are Paulo Freire (1921), Ronaldo (1976), Getúlio Vargas (1882), Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887), João Havelange (1916), and Carlos Alberto Torres (1944). After him are Ronaldinho (1980), Rivellino (1946), Djalma Santos (1929), Luiz Felipe Scolari (1948), Nelson Piquet (1952), and Arthur Friedenreich (1892).


Among soccer players born in Brazil, Nílton Santos ranks 10Before him are Zico (1953), Sócrates (1954), Vavá (1934), Mário Zagallo (1931), Ronaldo (1976), and Carlos Alberto Torres (1944). After him are Ronaldinho (1980), Rivellino (1946), Djalma Santos (1929), Arthur Friedenreich (1892), Jairzinho (1944), and Romário (1966).

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