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José Reinaldo de Lima


José Reinaldo de Lima

Personal information
Full name José Reinaldo de Lima
Date of birth (1957-01-11) January 11, 1957
Place of birth Ponte Nova, Brazil
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1985 Clube Atlético Mineiro 575 (255)
1985 Palmeiras
1986 Rio Negro
1986 Cruzeiro 2 (0)
1987 BK Häcken
1988 Telstar
National team
1975–1985 Brazil 37 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Reinaldo de Lima, born on January 11, 1957, is a former Brazilian football player and striker, popularly known as Reinaldo or Rei (The King).

Clubs and Years active

During his career (1973–1988), he played for:

Reinaldo played 30 matches and scored 14 goals for the Brazilian national team between July 1975 and May 1985, including the 1978 FIFA World Cup, where he scored one goal against Sweden.[1] He also scored the qualifying goal for Brazil’s participation in the 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain, but was not included on the team, apparently due to injury.

Records and Awards

Reinaldo scored a club record of 255 goals for Clube Atlético Mineiro.[2] He also averaged 1.55 goals per match in the 1977 season—scoring 28 goals in 18 matches— the record average for the Brazilian League, for which Atlético supporters nicknamed him The King ("o Rei", in Portuguese, which also served as a pun on his name). He won eight Campeonato Mineiro titles including six consecutively: in 1976, 1978–1983 and 1985.

Subsequent career

Reinaldo is still remembered by Atlético Mineiro supporters. In 2004, he was elected in Belo Horizonte to represent the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Brazilian Workers' Party).


  1. ^ Reinaldo – FIFA competition record
  2. ^ "Futpedia: Reinaldo (José Reinaldo de Lima)" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
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