Pinto playing for APOEL in the Champions League
|Full name||Hélio José Ribeiro Pinto|
|Date of birth||29 February 1984|
|Place of birth||Portimão, Portugal|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Legia Warsaw|
|2005–2006||→ Apollon Limassol (loan)||25||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Pinto was born in Portimão, Algarve. A product of S.L. Benfica's youth system, he could never break into the first team, only managing a couple of preseason appearances under José Antonio Camacho; his next stop was in Spain with Sevilla FC, where he incidentally also only played with the reserves.
During his spell with APOEL, Pinto was an important member as the side won the Cypriot First Division on four occasions, adding amongst other trophies the domestic cup in 2007–08. He also appeared in all six group stage games of the club, in its first UEFA Champions League participation.
Pinto played in eight matches in the 2011–12 Champions League, as the Nicosia-based outfit surprisingly reached the quarter-finals of the competition. On 5 June 2013 he signed a three-year contract extension with APOEL but, late into the month, announced he was leaving the club after seven successful years.
On 27 July 2012 Pinto gained Cypriot nationality, and the Cyprus Football Association subsequently waited for FIFA approval on whether could play for the national team. The governing body eventually ruled he could not represent his adopted nation after having appeared for Portugal at under-19 and under-20 levels.
- Cypriot League: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Cypriot Cup: 2007–08
- Cypriot Super Cup: 2008, 2009, 2011
- "Pinto Δεκαετίας!" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- "Helio Pinto Σ’ ευχαριστούμε" [Helio Pinto thank you] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- "Helio Pinto i Łukasz Broź w Legii" (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "Κύπριοι υπήκοοι οι Πίντο, Τζούνιορ και Λαμπάν" (in Greek). CFA. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.