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Eternal gratitude

Although he played as a defender, he goes down in Barça history as the scorer of the winning goal in the 2006 Champions League final. In, fact, it was his only ever competitive goal. He arrived from Villarreal in the summer of 2004 to be coached by Frank Rijkaard. He was a right back who could easily move up the wing into attack. Curiously, his first and last competitive matches were Copa Catalunya finals won against Espanyol. Belletti left professional football at Ceará Sporting Club in the Brazilian league.

Full biography:

Made his name in Spanish football at Villarreal, where his good performances over two years awoke the interest of Barça, who signed him at the start of the 2004/2005 season, the second year of the Rijkaard era. That season ended with the first league title in six years, and Belletti got plenty of playing time, appearing in his first competitive match on the opening day of the season against Racing Santander. Barça won 2-0 away from home. In his second season, 2005-06, he will be eternally remembered for the goal that won the club’s second Champions League, against Arsenal in Paris. Barça also won la Liga. The Brazilian defender stayed for one more season at the club but in July 2007 left for Chelsea in England. He played in London for three seasons, winning the Premier League and other honours. He later went back to Brazil for the final stage of his career. He first played for Fluminense in the 2010/11 season and ended 2011 at Cearé Sporting Club where he would hang up his boots.

Honours:

2 Ligas (2005 and 2006)
1 Champions League (2006)
2 Spanish Super Cups (2005 and 2006)

Other titles:

World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002 

Place of birth
Cascavel (Brazil)
Date of birth
20/06/1976
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