Gilberto Galdino dos Santos
|Full name||Gilberto Galdino dos Santos|
|Date of birth||20 November 1976|
|Place of birth||Carpina, Brazil|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:07, 12 May 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He also holds a Portuguese passport due to having spent many years in the country, where he even represented, amongst other teams, Benfica. Over the course of seven seasons, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 180 games and ten goals.
Born in Carpina, Pernambuco, Beto started his professional career in 1998, having unassuming stints in Argentina and Uruguay. After five years in Portugal with mid-to-bottom table first division clubs F.C. Paços de Ferreira and S.C. Beira-Mar, excelling especially in the latter by scoring a career-best six goals in the 2004–05 season even though the Aveiro club ranked last, he signed a three-year deal with S.L. Benfica in the summer of 2005.
Despite not being a fans' favourite, Beto was often cast in the first team by manager Ronald Koeman. He appeared in 24 league games in his first year, playing the full 90 minutes in half of those. His greatest moment at the club happened on 7 December 2005, when the Reds defeated Premier League giants Manchester United 2–1 in Lisbon, in a UEFA Champions League group stage contest, sealing their passage to the round-of-16 stage: he scored the decider at the 34' mark, netting from outside the area.
Beto's second campaign in Benfica was less notable: with the departure of Koeman and the arrival of manager Fernando Santos and player Kostas Katsouranis (who played in his position), he was relegated to the substitutes bench, playing only six matches in that condition. Thus, he signed a two-year contract with Swiss club FC Sion, on 15 June 2007.
- Beto heralds new Benfica era; UEFA.com, 3 June 2005
- United undone by brilliant Benfica
- Official, Beto leaves Sion; Transfer Market Web, 8 December 2008
- ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ (in Greek). Ergotelis' official website. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
- ΟΛΟΚΛΗΡΩΘΗΚΕ Η ΣΥΝΕΡΓΑΣΙΑ ΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΜΠΕΤΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΟΝ ΣΑΣΙΑΣΒΙΛΙ [Beto and Sasiasvilli concluded their services] (in Greek). Ergotelis' official website. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.