7 Brazil Players That Are Of African Origin (Photos)

The Afro-Brazilians were the descendants of African slaves, mostly from West Africa and Angola, taken to Brazil. Afro-Brazilians are categorized in the census as mixed race, pardo or preto. It is estimated that between 65 million and 120 million Brazilians are of African origin.


However, in this article, I will be sharing with you 7 Brazil players that are of African origin:

1. Robinho

Robson de Souza, commonly known as Robinho, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who last played as a forward for İstanbul Başakşehir and the Brazil national team.

Twenty two years ago, at the age of 15, Robinho was picked by the Brazilian football legend, Pelé, as his heir apparent and, in 2002, went on to lead Santos FC to their first Campeonato Brasileiro title since Pelé himself played for the club. Thereafter, he went on to win a second title with Santos, two more with Spanish club Real Madrid, and the Italian Serie A title in his first season at Milan.


With the Brazil national team, Robinho has won one Copa América title and two FIFA Confederations Cups.

He is of African descent.

2. Douglas Costa

Douglas Costa de Souza is a Brazilian professional soccer of African descent who currently plays for Grêmio and the Brazil national team.

A full international since 2014, Costa played for Brazil at the 2015 Copa América and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

3. Fred

Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos, commonly known as Fred, is a Brazilian professional soccer player of African descent currently playing as a midfielder for Manchester United and the Brazil national team.

Fred started his professional football career with the Brazilian club, Internacional, where he won the Campeonato Gaúcho twice. Eight years ago, he was signed to the Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk, where he won three Ukrainian Premier League titles, before he was signed to Manchester United three years ago.

Fred played for Brazil at the international junior level, before making his first international senior appearance in 2014. He was part of Brazil's squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile. He was also included in Brazil's final squads for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2021 Copa América.

4. Formiga

Miraildes Maciel Mota, commonly known as Formiga, is a Brazilian footballer currently playing as a midfielder for São Paulo FC and the Brazil national team.

She formerly played for professional clubs in Sweden and the United States. Formiga holds many international records as part of the Brazil women's national team. She is the only player to have appeared in all Olympic Games tournaments of women's football since the first edition at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She is also the only player to appear at seven different FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments.

5. Marcelo

Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, commonly known as Marcelo, is a Brazilian professional football player who currently plays as a left back for Real Madrid and the Brazil national team.

In 2006, Marcelo was signed to Real Madrid, where he has so far won 22 trophies including four UEFA Champions Leagues and five La Liga titles. He has been named to the FIFPro World XI six times, the UEFA Team of the Year three times and La Liga's Team of the Season five years ago.

Marcelo made his international debut for the Brazil national team Brazil in a match against Wales fifteen years ago. He was called up for the 2008 Olympic squad, where he won a bronze medal. Four years later, he was member of Brazil's 2012 Olympic squad. Marcelo was selected as a member of Brazil to play in the 2013 Confederations Cup and started all five matches as Brazil was victorious over Spain in the final. He was part of Brazil's squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup which was his first World Cup. Brazil reached the semi-finals and he was named to the tournament's Dream Team. Three years ago, he was named in the final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he once again was named to the tournament's Dream Team.

Marcelo is of African ancestry.

6. Pelé

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, commonly known as Pelé, is an 80-year-old Brazilian retired professional footballer who last played as a forward for New York Cosmos and the Brazil national team.

Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and tagged the greatest by FIFA, he was among the most successful and prominent sports figures of the 20th century. Twenty two years ago, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. Twenty one years ago, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century.

Pelé started his professional football career with Santos and the Brazil national team at the age of 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups, making history as the only player to do so. Pelé is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. At club level, he is Santos' all-time top goalscorer with 643 goals from 659 appearances.

In Brazil, he is highly praised as a national hero for his achievements in football. His emergence at the 1958 World Cup where he became the first black global sporting star was a source of inspiration. Throughout his career and in his retirement, Pelé received several individual and team awards for his performance in the field, his record-breaking achievements, and legacy in the sport.

Pelé is of Black African descent.

7. Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar, is a 29-year-old Brazilian professional soccer who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team as a forward.

Widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, Neymar is the second highest goalscorer for his national team, trailing only Pelé. He played an integral soccer role in Brazil's victories at the 2011 South American Youth Championship, where he emerged as leading goalscorer, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he was awarded the Golden Ball as player of the competition. Five years ago, he captained the Brazil national to their first Olympic gold medal in men's football at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He was also member of the Brazil squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2021 Copa America tournament respectively.

Born on 5 February 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Neymar’s mother is white and his father is of black African descent.



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