Airton Ribeiro Santos

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Airton
Personal information
Full name Airton Ribeiro Santos
Date of birth (1990-02-21) February 21, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Botafogo
Number 28
Youth career
2003–2008 Nova Iguaçu
2007 Mesquita (loan)
2008 Flamengo (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Nova Iguaçu 0 (0)
2007 Mesquita (loan) 0 (0)
2008 Flamengo (loan) 16 (0)
2009 Flamengo 30 (0)
2010– Benfica 19 (0)
2011–2012 Flamengo (loan) 31 (1)
2013 Internacional (loan) 13 (0)
2014– Botafogo (loan)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Airton Ribeiro Santos (born February 21, 1990 in Rio de Janeiro), commonly known as simply Airton, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Botafogo on loan from Benfica from the Portuguese first division.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Airton started his career at Nova Iguaçu at the age of 13. At the end of 2007, Flamengo's youth coach Adílio asked for his loan. Airton also spent four months on loan at Mesquita in 2007, playing on the youth team.

Flamengo[edit]

Airton arrived at Flamengo, on loan, on 7 January 2008 to play for the club's youth team. His rights belonged to, at the time, Nova Iguaçu, which had him under contract until 2010. He would play for Flamengo until the end of 2008, but in 2008, Flamengo officially signed him, acquiring part of his rights — Nova Iguaçu and Traffic, an investors group, shared the other parts of his rights.[citation needed]

His first match in the first-team was in a 1–1 draw against Vasco da Gama on 6 April 2008, and his debut in the Brazilian Série A was at Mineirão Stadium, coming off the bench in a 1–1 draw against Atlético Mineiro on 9 July.

Flamengo career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of December 9, 2012)
Club Season Carioca League Brazilian Série A Copa do Brasil Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Flamengo 2008 1 0 0 16 0 0 - - - - - - 17 0 0
2009 14 0 1 31 0 1 6 0 0 2 0 0 53 0 2
2011 - - - 17 0 0 - - - 2 0 0 19 0 0
2012 3 0 0 13 1 0 - - - 2 0 0 18 1 0
Total 18 0 1 77 1 1 6 0 0 6 0 0 107 1 2

Benfica[edit]

In December 2009, after much speculation, Benfica signed Airton to a five-year contract.[1][2][3] Flamengo received a sum around 1.1 million for 15% of his rights.

Benfica career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 24 May 2011)
Club Season Liga Sagres Taça de Portugal League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica 2009-10 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
2010-11 15 0 4 0 4 0 4 0 27 0
Total 19 0 4 0 5 0 5 0 33 0

Return to Flamengo[edit]

Airton returned to Flamengo from Benfica almost a year and a half after his original loan deal to Flamengo ended, penning a season-long loan deal on 10 June 2011.[4] On May 2012, it was extended till June 2013.

Honours[edit]

Flamengo
Benfica
Internacional

References[edit]

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