Airton Ribeiro Santos
|Full name||Airton Ribeiro Santos|
|Date of birth||21 February 1990|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Botafogo (on loan from Benfica)|
|2007||→ Mesquita (loan)|
|2008||→ Flamengo (loan)|
|2007||→ Mesquita (loan)||0||(0)|
|2008||→ Flamengo (loan)||16||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Flamengo (loan)||31||(1)|
|2013||→ Internacional (loan)||13||(0)|
|2014–||→ Botafogo (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Airton Ribeiro Santos (born 21 February 1990), simply known as Airton, is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Botafogo, on loan from S.L. Benfica in Portugal.
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.
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.
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
- (Correct as of December 9, 2012[update])
|Club||Season||Carioca League||Brazilian Série A||Copa do Brasil||Continental||Total|
Benfica career statistics
- (Correct as of 24 May 2011[update])
|Club||Season||Liga Sagres||Taça de Portugal||League Cup||Continental||Total|
Return to Flamengo
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. On May 2012, it was extended till June 2013.
- Volante Airton fecha com o Benfica, afirma jornal português (Portuguese)
- Aírton viaja e assina contrato com o Benfica (Portuguese)
- Águia assegura negócio de Airton (Portuguese)
- Mais experiente, Airton quer conquistar novamente o Brasileirão (Portuguese)
- Player Profile@Flamengo.com.br (Portuguese)
- Player Profile@Flapédia (Portuguese)
- CBF (Portuguese)
- Player Profile@ogol.com.br (Portuguese)
- Player Profile@footballzz.co.uk (English)