Clubs congratulate five-time champion Cafu, who turns 51

Sao Paulo, Roma e Milan congratulated former player Cafu, who turns 51 on Monday.

Tricolor Paulista referred to the former side as “a giant in our history.” For São Paulo, Cafu played 272 games and won ten titles – including two world championships and two liberators.

Born in the city of Itaquaquecetuba (SP), in 1970, Cafu was formed at the base of São Paulo, the club through which he made his professional debut. In 1994 he was sold to Real Zaragoza, from Spain, and then played for Youth, at the time sponsored by Parmalat. The deal aimed at transferring the player to the palm trees.

After staying at Alviverde for three years, being part of the team that won the Paulistan 1996, the right-back made history in Italy. First, he played for Roma, the club for which he was national champion in the 2000/01 season.

In 2003 he moved to Milan, where he won a A league (2003/04), a Champions League (2006/07) and a Club World Cup (2007). Cafu retired from the Milan club in 2008.

For the Brazilian Team, Cafu played in four World Cups – he won those of 1994 and 2002, when he was captain. He is the player who most entered the field for Brazil: he played 142 matches between 1990 and 2006.

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