1934 - 2002

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Edvaldo Izidio Neto (12 November 1934 – 19 January 2002), commonly known as Vavá, was a Brazilian footballer who is widely considered one of the best strikers of his generation. His nickname was "Peito de Aço" (Steel Chest). He played as a main striker (or centre forward) for Sport Club do Recife, C.R. Vasco da Gama, S.E. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vavá has received more than 308,548 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Vavá is the 29th most popular soccer player (up from 30th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Brazil and the 8th most popular Brazilian Soccer Player.

Vavá was a Brazilian footballer who played for Brazil in the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. He is most famous for his football career.

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Among soccer players, Vavá ranks 29 out of 16,923Before him are Cristiano Ronaldo, Raymond Kopa, László Kubala, Sándor Kocsis, Sócrates, and Ronaldo. After him are Gunnar Nordahl, Francisco Gento, Rivellino, Carlos Alberto Torres, Lionel Messi, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

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Among people born in 1934, Vavá ranks 22Before him are Ulrike Meinhof, Alexei Leonov, Manuel Noriega, Jane Goodall, Sydney Pollack, and Paul Ekman. After him are Stjepan Mesić, Richard Chamberlain, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Pierre Richard, Empress Michiko, and Richard Meier. Among people deceased in 2002, Vavá ranks 14Before him are Hans-Georg Gadamer, Billy Wilder, Richard Harris, László Kubala, Chuck Jones, and Traudl Junge. After him are Prince Claus of the Netherlands, James Coburn, Niki de Saint Phalle, Ivan Illich, Rod Steiger, and Camilo José Cela.

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Among people born in Brazil, Vavá ranks 17 out of 1,947Before him are Didi (1928), Pedro II of Brazil (1825), Jorge Amado (1912), Mário Zagallo (1931), Sócrates (1954), and Ronaldo (1976). After him are Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927), Rivellino (1946), Paulo Freire (1921), João Havelange (1916), Luiz Felipe Scolari (1948), and Carlos Alberto Torres (1944).


Among soccer players born in Brazil, Vavá ranks 8Before him are Garrincha (1933), Zico (1953), Didi (1928), Mário Zagallo (1931), Sócrates (1954), and Ronaldo (1976). After him are Rivellino (1946), Carlos Alberto Torres (1944), Ronaldinho (1980), Nílton Santos (1925), Djalma Santos (1929), and Romário (1966).