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Renaldo Lopes da Cruz


Renaldo Lopes da Cruz

Personal information
Full nameRenaldo Lopes da Cruz
Date of birth (1970-03-19) 19 March 1970 (age 44)
Place of birthCotegipe, Brazil
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionForward
Club information
Current clubRetired
Senior career*
1996–2000Deportivo La Coruña23(5)
1997–1998Corinthians (loan)11(1)
1998–2000Las Palmas (loan)50(14)
2004FC Seoul11(1)
2009Dom Pedro-DF
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Renaldo Lopes da Cruz, known as simply Renaldo (born 19 March 1970), is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a forward.

Football career

Born in Cotegipe, Bahia, Renaldo played for more than 15 different clubs in his country, most notably for Clube Atlético Mineiro. During his entire career, he only missed two penalty kicks – both in the same match, a 3–0 home win against Figueirense Futebol Clube – and left for Spain in 1996 to sign with Deportivo de La Coruña. Also during that year, he gained his sole cap for the Brazilian national team.

Upon his arrival in A Coruña Renaldo said, while describing himself as a player: "I am like Ronaldo, but with an "e"".[1] However, he grossly failed to live up to expectations, also spending time with three other teams in the country (all in Segunda División). In the following decade, a humorous Spanish website called Renaldinhos y Pavones was created, containing anecdotes on several national and foreign players which caught the eye for various reasons.[2]

In 2002 Renaldo returned to his country, first playing with América Futebol Clube (MG), and continued to represent clubs in quick succession (he also had another abroad spell, in South Korea for FC Seoul). He finished his career in his 40's, playing amateur football.


External links

  • SambaFoot profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Profile at Zerozero
  • Renaldo at

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